The Daily Mail said it authenticated the Hunter Biden laptop, and that its lurid contents show a side of him not in his book

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World Food Program USA Board Chairman Hunter Biden speaks at the World Food Program USA’s Annual McGovern-Dole Leadership Award Ceremony at Organization of American States on April 12, 2016 in Washington, DC.

  • The Daily Mail claims to have verified Hunter Biden’s laptop, and published explicit images from it.
  • The computer left in a Delaware repair shop, and was the subject of intense controversy last year.
  • The outlet argued that it shows a side of Biden he wasn’t transparent about in his new book.
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The Daily Mail claims that forensics experts have verified the authenticity of messages and images in a laptop containing lurid details of Hunter Biden’s private life.

DailyMail.com, the US-focused website run by the British tabloid, published a long article detailing the laptop’s contents on Thursday.

The laptop was the subject of intense controversy in the runup to the November presidential election, when The New York Post claimed that the laptop contained emails harmful to Joe Biden.

The Post claimed Biden – then the Democratic nominee for president – was compromised by his son’s business dealings in Ukraine, where he worked on the board of energy firm Burisma.

Other emails, said critics, contained evidence of influence-peddling by Hunter Biden in China. Neither claim was ever substantiated.

The story of how the Post and later the Mail obtained the machine is convoluted, with it having initially reportedly been abandoned in a Delaware computer shop then handed to allies of Donald Trump.

Amid doubts over the authenticity of the information, and briefings from US intelligence agencies that it was likely part of a Russian disinformation campaign, Facebook and Twitter introduced measures to stop it being shared.

But according to the Mail, the laptop is indeed Hunter Biden’s, and contains 103,000 text messages, 154,000 emails, and more than 2,000 photos.

The Mail said the contents were verified by cyber forensics experts at Maryman & Associates, a California-based company which says on its website has 20 years of experience.

The company claims to have matched contents of the laptop with email addresses, contents from an iPad, and an iPhone serial number connected to Biden.

Insider attempted to reach Hunter Biden for comment with emails to his attorney and book publishers, but did not immediately receive a response.

The publication of new material from the laptop comes days after the publication of Hunter Biden’s memoir, “Beautiful Things,” where he describes his struggles with drug addiction.

The Mail claims the material from the laptop shows that Hunter Biden “chose not to divulge” parts of his life in the book.

It published pictures of Hunter Biden which it said showed him with prostitutes, and showed evidence of drug use.

There is no politically substantive new information in the report. It claims to contain text messages between Biden and his father, most of which show the elder Biden offering Hunter support.

The Mail claims material from the computer show that Hunter Biden was able to evade prosecution for drugs and prostitution offences.

It contains details of messages from Hunter Biden about an incident in which the Secret Service got involved after he abandoned a firearm in a bin after an argument with Hallie Biden, the wife of his deceased brother Beau Biden, with whom he was having a relationship. The Secret Service denied any involvement in the incident.

The images were seized upon by Fox News hosts on Thursday night, who renewed their attacks on Hunter Biden and showed explicit stills from videos reportedly found on the laptop.

Hunter Biden is currently under investigation by federal authorities regarding possible tax crimes relating to his work in Ukraine and China.

In an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Thursday to promote his book, Hunter Biden addressed some of the controversies, including the laptop. He has previously claimed that he doesn’t know if the device was his.

He said: “Now look, I really don’t know and the fact of the matter is, it’s a red herring. It is absolutely a red herring. But I am absolutely, I think, within my rights to question anything that comes from the desk of Rudy Giuliani. And so I don’t know is the answer.”

Giuliani has said that he played a part in getting the laptop to members of the media.

Last year Trump allies seized on an email in the laptop which appeared to show Hunter trying to broker a meeting between an associate at Burisma and Joe Biden while he was Barack Obama’s Vice President. No evidence has emerged to indicate the meeting ever took place.

In a statement to Politico last year a Biden spokesman said Joe Biden may have had an “informal interaction” with the Burisma associate of his son’s but any interaction would’ve been “cursory.”

After being abandoned in the computer repair shop, the laptop hard drive is said to have been obtained by Rudy Giuliani, then working as Donald Trump’s personal lawyer.

Giuliani led a longstanding campaign to link Joe Biden to his son’s dealings in Ukraine. Former Trump advisor Steve Bannon was also said to be involved in handling the hard drive. It was then handed to the Post.

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Hunter Biden says he smoked ‘more parmesan cheese than anyone’ when he was addicted to crack cocaine

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Hunter Biden opens up about his addiction to alcohol and crack cocaine in his new memoir, “Beautiful Things.”

  • Hunter Biden said at the height of his addiction, he smoked “anything that remotely resembled crack cocaine” – including parmesan cheese.
  • Biden talked about his struggles with alcohol and drugs in his new memoir, “Beautiful Things.”
  • In response, Donald Trump Jr. took to Instagram to troll Biden with a picture of a lighter and cheese.
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Hunter Biden has revealed that at the height of his addiction, he found himself picking through rugs, looking for and smoking “anything that even remotely resembled crack cocaine.”

In a televised interview with CBS News, Biden told correspondent Tracy Smith that he found himself “on his hands and knees picking through rugs,” and mistook granular substances like parmesan cheese for cocaine on more than one occasion.

“I probably smoked more parmesan cheese than anyone that you know,” Biden said, adding that he once went 13 days without sleeping, “smoking crack and drinking vodka exclusively throughout that entire time.”

Biden was talking to CBS about a passage in his new book, “Beautiful Things,” where he describes locking himself in his apartment in Washington DC, bingeing on crack cocaine with a homeless woman who had moved in with him and taught him how to get high. At one point, he details how he combed through the carpet for little remnants of cocaine to smoke that may or may not have actually been cheese.

“It didn’t matter,” he wrote. “I smoked it.”

Donald Trump Jr. quickly took to social media to troll Biden, posting an image of a lighter, a pipe, and a jar of parmesan cheese on his Instagram story.

“Parents, don’t let your kids do… um… parmesan,” Trump wrote on his Instagram story.

Hunter Biden is US President Joe Biden’s middle child and has been the subject of many personal scandals, exposés, and right-wing conspiracy theories. He was a prime target of the Trump family in the run-up to the 2020 election when he was accused of having dubious dealings with Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings.

Biden revealed as well in his book that his struggles with alcohol peaked after his brother Beau died of brain cancer in 2015 when his father was still vice president.

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Hunter Biden challenges the Trump kids to try to “get a job” without using the Trump name

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Hunter Biden’s new memoir “Beautiful Things” reignites his feud with the Trump children.

  • Hunter Biden has reignited a feud with the Trump children, calling them out for getting rich on Trump’s dime.
  • In his memoir, Biden says the Trump kids could never get a job outside Trump’s business.
  • Don Jr. and Biden previously tangled over who benefited more from their fathers’ public service.
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Hunter Biden has reignited a long-standing feud with the Trump children, calling them out for “(reaping) the benefits of their family name.”

In his new memoir, “Beautiful Things,” Biden calls the Trump kids – Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump – out for not being able to get a job outside of their father’s business.

“I’ve worked for someone other than my father, rose and fell on my own,” Biden wrote.

He acknowledged that his own last name was a “coveted credential,” but accused the former president’s children of suggesting that their millions were self-made, and not benefits of carrying the Trump family name.

“Do you think if any of the Trump children ever tried to get a job outside of their father’s business that his name wouldn’t figure into the calculation? My response has always been to work harder so that my accomplishments stand on their own,” Biden said.

Biden is president Joe Biden’s middle child and was a prime target of the Trump family in the run-up to the 2020 election. He was accused of, among other things, profiting off shady Chinese investments and having dubious connections with Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings.

Biden has since been cleared of any wrongdoing.

He recently said that he “didn’t realize” his work with Burisma would become a political burden for his father to carry. In a BBC interview, Biden added that Burisma had seen his name “as gold,” and that the Biden name – which was both a “privilege and a burden,” had “opened doors that wouldn’t be opened up to other people.”

Don Jr. and Biden previously feuded over who had benefited more from their famous fathers’ public service.

In March 2020, Don Jr. tweeted that he wanted Biden to “man up” and “debate (him)”.

“I was an international businessperson before my father got into politics. I haven’t benefited from my father’s tax-payer funded office,” Don Jr. said in a televised interview with Axios.

“We can talk about all of the places where I am supposedly grifting but Hunter Biden isn’t…. Let’s talk about who profited off of whose public service. Happy to do it, let’s make it happen,” he added.

Eric Trump also joined the fray, commenting to Fox News that Hunter Biden was “enriching himself off his father’s position.”

“Why is it that every family goes into politics and enriches themselves? It’s sickening,” Eric Trump said.

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Hunter Biden opens up about an emotional drug intervention by his father during the 2020 presidential campaign

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Hunter Biden, left, and his father, President Joe Biden.

  • Hunter Biden has opened up about an emotional family intervention during 2020 the presidential campaign.
  • He described how his father, now the president, cried and embraced him outside their Delaware home.
  • In this CBS interview, Biden’s son described how “powerful” his addiction to substances was.
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President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, has opened up about an emotional intervention his family staged during the 2020 presidential campaign.

In an interview with “CBS This Morning” co-host Anthony Mason, the 51-year-old discussed his highly-publicized battle with substance abuse.

He recalled a particularly memorable incident at the family home in Wilmington, Delaware, whilst Joe Biden was in the midst of the presidential campaign.

Biden shared that he had a tense confrontation with his father and stormed out of the house. The future president then chased his son down the driveway, he told Mason.

As he tried to enter his car, his daughters blocked him from entering it. Then, he said, his father hugged him.

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Biden described his father’s embrace. “[He] gave a bear hug, and he said – and just cried, and said – ‘I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what to do. Please’.”

In his first interview since his father took office, the president’s second-oldest son told CBS News what he thought of Biden’s pleas.

“I thought: ‘I need to figure out a way to tell him that I’m gonna do something, so that I can go take another hit.’ It’s the only thing I could think. Literally,” he said. “That’s how powerful. I don’t know of a force more powerful than my family’s love…except addiction.”

Hunter Biden said that this scenario was “the hardest part of the book to write,” referring to his newly released memoir.

In “Beautiful Things,” he shares candid details of his struggle to become sober. At one point in his drug and alcohol spiral, Biden reveals he was smoking crack cocaine every 15 minutes.

He writes about spending a month in a Washington apartment bingeing on vodka while his father was vice president, The New York Times reported.

Biden’s son also credits his wife, Melissa Cohen, for helping him reach sobriety, The Times reported.

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‘My boy’s back’: Biden says reading son Hunter’s upcoming memoir ‘gave me hope’

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Hunter Biden, left, and his father, President Joe Biden.

  • President Joe Biden said he felt “hope” at reading his son Hunter Biden’s upcoming memoir.
  • Biden said that his family’s personal battles were not unlike many families across the country.
  • The memoir is set to be released in April 2021.
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In an interview set to air directly before the Super Bowl, President Joe Biden felt “hope” at reading his son Hunter Biden’s upcoming memoir.

Speaking with “CBS Evening News” anchor Norah O’Donnell, Biden reflected on the life journey of his younger son, who has struggled with substance abuse in the past.

Hunter’s business relationships in Ukraine were the focus of a phone call between former President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which led to Trump’s first impeachment.

During the first presidential debate last September, Trump attacked Hunter’s past substance abuse issues, prompting Biden to immediately defend him.

“My son, like a lot of people, like a lot of people you know at home, had a drug problem,” he said at the time. “He’s overtaken it. He’s fixed it. He’s worked on it. And I’m proud of him.”

Read more: Inside the 7-minute virtual workouts the Biden transition team used to stay connected as staffers prepared to demolish Trump’s policies

When Biden began to read the memoir, he said he felt the impact of his son’s words.

“The honesty with which he stepped forward and talked about the problem,” Biden said. “And the hope that – it gave me hope reading it.”

He added: “It was like my boy’s back.”

Biden said that his family’s personal battles were not unlike many families across the country.

“I’ll bet there’s not a family you know that doesn’t have somebody in the family that had a drug problem or an alcohol problem,” he said.

Hunter’s book, entitled “Beautiful Things,” is set to be released in April by by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

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GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a QAnon supporter, has announced articles of impeachment against Joe Biden

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is seen with her face mask pulled down as she speaks with a colleague on the floor of the House on January 3, 2021 for the swearing in of the new Congress.

  • Freshman GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has introduced articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden.
  • Greene, a staunch Trump supporter, accused Biden in the document of engaging in quid pro quo with Ukraine and engaging in “high crimes and misdemeanors” in order to benefit himself and his son Hunter.
  • The accusations became a major talking point during the 2020 election but were never substantiated.
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Just a day after the inauguration of the country’s 46th president, GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene announced she would be introducing articles of impeachment against Joe Biden.

In a statement released on Thursday, Greene, who represents Georgia’s 14th Congressional District, said: “President Joe Biden is unfit to hold the office of the Presidency. His pattern of abuse of power as President Obama’s Vice President is lengthy and disturbing.”

Greene then went on to claim that Biden had committed to quid pro quo with Ukrainian officials while he was Vice President in order to help his son “siphon cash from America’s greatest enemies Russian and China.”

Read more: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was suspended by Twitter for 12 hours not long after she told Trump supporters to ‘mobilize’ in a deleted tweet

Greene said Biden should be impeached for “enabling bribery and other high crimes and misdemeanors, by allowing his son to influence the domestic policy of a foreign nation and accept various benefits – including financial compensation – from foreign nationals in exchange for certain favors.”

Biden’s ties to Russia and, in particular, the energy company Burisma became one of the Trump campaign’s major talking points during the debates, especially after the New York Post published a dubious story alleging his son Hunter Biden had made deals with the Russian government over access to his father when he was vice president. (The messages at the center of the Post’s claims were never substantiated.)

Along with filing the articles of impeachment, Greene has asked supporters to text and sign a petition and donate funds to her impeachment filing, though language on the donations page specifies that the donations are being made to “Greene for Congress” and “will be used in connection with federal elections.”

Both houses of Congress are currently controlled by Democrats, making it unlikely that Greene’s impeachment push will move forward. 

Greene has been in Congress for less than a month but has already been at the center of several controversies. She refused to put her mask on during her January 4 swearing-in ceremony and left the House floor, which caused a screaming match between Democratic and Republican staffers. Greene wore a “Trump Won” mask to the event.

Read more: House Republicans scoff at new security measures in place at the US Capitol less than a week after Trump provoked a violent insurrection

On Sunday, Greene’s Twitter was suspended for 12 hours after she suggested in a now-deleted tweet that Trump supporters “mobilize and make your voices heard in opposition to these attacks on our liberties” ahead of Biden’s inauguration. 

Greene is one of two members of Congress – along with Colorado Rep. Laura Boebert – who has expressed support for QAnon, a baseless conspiracy theory that alleges President Donald Trump is secretly fighting a “deep state” cabal of pedophiles.
 
Greene’s support of QAnon, according to Media Matters, dates back to 2018 – though, in recent months, she claims to have distanced herself from the group. 

Emails to Greene’s office were not immediately returned.

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Biden won’t ask his attorney general candidates about potential investigations into his son, Hunter

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President-elect Joe Biden speaks about the Electoral College vote certification process at The Queen theater on December 14, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.

  • President-elect Joe Biden has not yet selected his nominee for attorney general but will not ask candidates for the position about their plans surrounding any investigations into his son, Hunter, incoming White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Sunday on Fox News.
  • When Attorney General Bill Barr leaves the White House this week, he will be replaced for the remainder of Trump’s term by Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen.
  • According to a previous report from the Associated Press, Trump has floated the idea of firing Rosen should he refuse to appoint a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden.
  • Rosen has previously declined to comment whether or not he’s interested in pursuing an investigation into the president-elect’s son. 
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President-elect Joe Biden has not yet selected the person he will nominate to serve as attorney general in his administration, but he will not ask candidates about their intent to investigate his son, Hunter Biden, incoming White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Sunday. 

“He will not be discussing an investigation of his son with any attorney general candidates,” Psaki told Chris Wallace during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday. “He will not be discussing it with anyone he is considering for the role and he will not be discussing it with a future attorney general.”

She added: “It will be up to the purview of an attorney general in his administration to determine how to handle any investigation. As you know, U.S. attorneys, that’s a personnel decision, we’re far from there at this point in the process.”

Biden has already announced a number of appointees to his administration, including people he hopes will fill high-level positions like Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of State, and Secretary of Defense. Biden cannot officially make any nominations until after he is inaugurated in January and his nominees will also need to be confirmed by the Senate. 

Biden has also named a number of other officials who will work in his administration. At a press conference Saturday, the president-elect named a team of individuals leading his administration’s charge against climate change.

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Throughout his failed bid for re-election, Trump and his allies attempted to undermine Biden by targeting his son, 50-year-old Hunter, leveraging theories and conspiracies against him, many relating to his work with the Ukrainian oil company Burisma

Earlier in December, the president-elect’s son announced that his “tax affairs” were the focus of a federal criminal investigation, further raising questions about his father’s intent to take a hands-off approach to the dealings of the US Department of Justice.  The investigation reportedly stemmed from a 2018 money-laundering investigation, The New York Times previously reported.

More recently, Trump has reportedly expressed interest in pressuring the attorney general to nominate a special counsel to investigate the president-elect’s son. On December 14, Trump announced that Attorney General William Barr would resign from his position, which he has held since 2019, on December 23. During Trump’s final weeks in office, Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen will serve as acting attorney general. 

Barr reportedly knew about the criminal investigations into Hunter Biden’s financial dealings prior to the November election but kept them from the public, reportedly drawing ire from the president.

Last week, The Associated Press reported that Trump would consider firing Rosen if he did not announce special counsel investigations into the president-elect’s son relating to his taxes and Trump’s baseless allegations over voter fraud in the 2020 election.

Rosen on Wednesday declined to stay publicly whether he will appoint a special counsel to investigate the president-elect’s son, saying he would continue “to do things on the merits and to do things on the basis of the law and the facts.” 

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Trump is already considering on axing his new attorney general if he won’t go along with a special counsel probe into Hunter Biden

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Trump makes a statement with Attorney General William Barr in the Rose Garden of the White House on July 11, 2019 in Washington, DC.

  • Trump has discussed with top aides the prospect of replacing Jeffrey Rosen, who is set to replace Attorney General Bill Barr next week, reported the Associated Press. 
  • The president is reportedly determined that Rosen appoint special counsels to investigate Hunter Biden’s tax affairs and baseless election fraud allegations. 
  • If Rosen does not comply, then Trump could force him out, according to the report. 
  • Barr was previously considered one of Trump’s staunchest loyalists, but their relationship soured.
  • It was reported last week that Barr had not revealed during the election that Hunter Biden was under investigation by authorities in Delaware. 
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President Donald Trump has already discussed sacking Jeffrey Rosen, who is set to replace Attorney General Bill Barr next week, reported the Associated Press. 

Trump is discussing removing Rosen if he does not comply with his demands and appoint a special counsel to probe Hunter Biden’s tax affairs and the president’s groundless election fraud claims, Trump administration and Republican sources close to the White House told the agency.  

Trump has already talked through the move with Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and attorney Pat Cipollone, according to the report. 

Rosen is supposed to replace Barr, who announced his resignation Monday, as effectively a stopgap justice department chief until President-elect Joe Biden takes office in eight weeks and appoints a successor. 

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Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen holds a news conference at the Justice Department on October 21, 2020 in Washington, DC.

According to the report, Trump has even discussed with his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, whether he can appoint special counsel investigators himself, believing it would damage the incoming Biden administration. 

The White House and the Justice Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the report. 

Rosen has served as Barr’s deputy at the justice department since 2019. 

Barr was previously considered one of Trump’s staunchest loyalists. Still, their relationship soured when the Wall St Journal revealed last week that Barr was aware that Hunter Biden was under investigation for potential tax fraud crimes by authorities in Delaware for months.

Trump was reportedly furious that Barr had not gone public with the information during the presidential election. One of Trump’s main lines of attack against his rival was Hunter Biden’s employment by Ukrainian energy firm Burisma, which he alleged was evidence of Biden family corruption. 

No evidence has emerged to substantiate the allegations against Hunter Biden. However, as part of the US attorney’s investigations into his tax affairs, he has been subpoenaed for information about his work with Burisma. 

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Trump reportedly asked his lawyer if he could personally appoint a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden before leaving office

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President Trump is seen at the White House on November 26, 2020.

  • President Donald Trump is considering personally appointing a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden in the waning weeks of his presidency, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.
  • Trump consulted White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, and others on the possibility of appointing a special prosecutor to investigate Biden, whose business dealings in Ukraine were at the center of the president’s impeachment.
  • The report comes on the heels of Trump announcing Monday that outgoing Attorney General Bill Barr will be leaving the Justice Department before Christmas.
  • Trump was unhappy with Barr for not publicly announcing a federal investigation into Hunter Biden’s taxes, and later for saying the DOJ and the FBI found no evidence of widespread voter fraud, contradicting baseless conspiracy theories from the president and his allies.
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President Donald Trump asked his lawyer if he could personally appoint a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden in the waning weeks of his presidency, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Trump brought up the matter of appointing a special counsel to investigate the son of President-elect Joe Biden to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, and others, Trump officials and Republicans close to the White House told the AP.

The sources also told the AP that Trump is considering appointing a special counsel to investigate his unsubstantiated claims of election fraud.

Representatives from the White House did not immediately return Business Insider’s request for comment.

The report comes on the heels of Trump announcement Monday that outgoing Attorney General Bill Barr will be leaving the Justice Department before Christmas. Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen will be acting attorney general in Barr’s absence.

Read more: Trump announces Attorney General William Barr will be leaving the Justice Department before Christmas

Trump was unhappy with Barr for not publicly announcing a federal investigation into Hunter Biden’s taxes, according to the AP report. The president was also displeased with Barr, saying that the Justice Department and the FBI didn’t find evidence of widespread voter fraud, contradicting Trump’s election-related conspiracy theories.

Rosen said he was “honored” to fulfill the role as the nation’s top cop and said he “will continue to focus on the implementation of the Department’s key priorities.”

The question remains if the acting attorney general will succumb to the pressure from the president to carry out investigations into his political opponents as Trump enters his final few weeks in office. The president “has even asked his team of lawyers, including personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, to look into whether the president has the power to appoint a special counsel himself,” citing the AP report.

If the probe were to be taken up by the Justice Department under the Trump administration, it would likely be “a more prolonged and complicated investigation” than the current probe into Hunter Biden’s taxes, the AP reported.

The investigation could extend past Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, which would then place the onus upon the incoming administration to keep Rosen or appoint another attorney general. The attorney general reserves the power to terminate special counsel investigations – but only “for specific reasons such as misconduct, dereliction of duty or conflict of interest,” according to the AP.

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Hunter Biden told to disclose information related to Ukrainian energy company Burisma as part of his tax investigation

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World Food Program USA Board Chairman Hunter Biden speaks at the World Food Program USA’s Annual McGovern-Dole Leadership Award Ceremony at Organization of American States on April 12, 2016 in Washington, DC.

  • Hunter Biden has been asked to provide information related to his work at the Ukrainian energy company Burisma as part of the DOJ tax investigation, a source involved in the process told the Associated Press.
  • The president-elect’s second son has also been asked to provide documents relating to his business dealings with China and other financial transactions. 
  • It is not clear whether the younger Biden’s work at the Ukrainian company is a central part of the tax investigation.
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A subpoena issued this week asks Hunter Biden to disclose information relating to his work on the board of the Ukrainian gas company, Burisma, a source involved in the DOJ tax investigation told the Associated Press.

Prosecutors have also asked for documents relating to more than two dozen entities linked to the President-elect’s son, including business dealings with China.

The subpoena comes as Joe Biden’s second son confirmed he was under federal investigation for his financial dealings earlier this week.

It is not clear whether the younger Biden’s work at the Ukrainian company is a central part of the investigation or whether prosecutors are only looking to collect information about all of his income sources in recent years, AP reported.

Hunter Biden said on Tuesday that he is taking the inquiry “very seriously” and is “confident” he handled his affairs “legally and appropriately,” according to Vox.

The investigation was reportedly first opened in late 2018 as a money-laundering probe but is now focusing more on potential violations of tax law.

Details of the subpoena emerged after reports that Hunter Biden’s former business partner at Berisma sent him an email in 2017 alleging that he did not disclose a $400,000 payment received from the company on his tax returns.

“In 2014 you joined the Burisma board and we still need to amend your 2014 returns to reflect the unreported Burisma income,” the email, dated January 16, 2017, said, according to NBC News.

The business partner notes that the younger Biden netted more than $1.2 million for the year.

Hunter Biden signed on as a board member of Burisma Holdings in May 2014, with a press release announcing he would be in charge of the company’s international legal relations with different companies. He later denied this description. 

The appointment came during an intense time between the White House and Russia over Ukraine and its energy dependence.

The younger Biden has not been charged with any criminal activity, and the president-elect is not known to be a subject of interest in the tax probes. 

The younger Biden’s lawyer, George Mesires, did not immediately respond comment for this story and a spokesman for the Biden transition team declined to comment.

Biden’s son was a major topic amid chaotic discourse during the first Trump-Biden debate, Trump mentioned his business dealings, including his connections with the Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings and profiting in China while his father was vice president.

Hunter was previously at the center of Trump’s Ukraine scandal that launched the impeachment inquiry.

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