'No plans' for special counsel in Hunter Biden probe -Barr

The Hunter Biden investigation "is being handled responsibly and professionally currently within the department," Barr told a news conference.

Barr, who is set to leave office this week, also said he will not appoint any special counsel to investigate unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud and said he sees "no basis" for the U.S. government to seize voting machines used in the 2020 election.

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- Off topic, do you believe there should be a special counsel appointed to investigate the allegations against Hunter Biden?

BILL BARR: I think to the extent that there's an investigation. I think that it's being handled responsibly and professionally currently within the Department. And to this point I have not seen a reason to appoint a special counsel and I have no plan to do so before I leave.

- Does the president have the legal authority to order the seizure of voting machines around the country? And you've talked about in your past, the broad views that you have of presidential power. Does the president, any president, have the authority to pardon themselves?

BILL BARR: You know, I see no basis now for seizing machines by the federal government, you know, a wholesale seizure of machines by the federal government. And I, off the top of my head, I'm not going to opine on a Constitutional issue as far as the pardon power goes.