Politics Meadows tempers expectations of Hunter Biden probe
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Read the full transcript of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's ABC News town hall, Thursday at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. © Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images Democratic Presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden and moderator George Stephanopoulos participate in an ABC News town hall event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Oct. 15, 2020. Please note: This is a rush transcript that may not be in its final form, and may be updated.
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Wednesday attempted to temper expectations about a possible investigation into Hunter Biden, one day after President Trumpthe attorney general to launch a probe into his political rival's son.
Meadows told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that he's spoken with Trump about the need for a special counsel to independently investigate emails between Hunter Biden and foreign businessmen while his father, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, was vice president.
Meadows argued assigning a special prosecutor to the case "has merit" but downplayed that it is a pressing matter in the White House and shot down the prospect of any findings coming out before Election Day.
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"It's not necessarily at the top of our priority list in this last 13 days, but as we're looking at that, we think an independent special counsel might be the best medicine for this, not that anything would come out before Nov. 3, nor should that be an expectation that any of your listeners would hear," Meadows said.
Meadows said he has not discussed a potential special counsel with Attorney General William Barr and does not plan to.
"Honestly, I've tried to let him do this job independent of any direct, you know, contact from the White House," Meadows said, adding that it's possible there is already an ongoing investigation that he is unaware of.
Trump on Tuesday directly pushed Barr to investigate Hunter Biden in the wake of a controversial New York Post report that alleged the younger Biden helped broker a meeting between an executive at the Ukrainian gas firm Burisma Holdings and his father when Joe Biden was vice president.
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The story has been disputed by Joe Biden's campaign, which has said that his official schedule from the time did not list any such meeting. Other news outlets have not confirmed the Post story, and outside experts have raised questions about whether it could be part of a foreign disinformation campaign. There is no evidence of wrongdoing by either Biden or proof that Hunter Biden's role on the Burisma board influenced U.S. policy.
Trump and his allies have turned the reports about Hunter Biden into a central focus in the closing weeks of the presidential campaign as he trails Joe Biden in key swing state polls.
Trump is expected to raise the issue during Thursday's debate in Nashville.
The focus has been controversial even in GOP circles, with somewhether the attacks on Hunter Biden are the best way for Trump to gain momentum on the campaign trail.
‘Plausible deniability’: Tony Bobulinski says Joe Biden knew about Hunter Biden’s China deal pursuits .
Hunter Biden’s ex-business partner Tony Bobulinski claimed Joe Biden’s brother, Jim, said that he and Biden’s son were relying upon “plausible deniability” as they pursued a lucrative deal with a Chinese Communist Party-linked company. © Provided by Washington Examiner During an hour-long interview with Tucker Carlson of Fox News conducted exactly one week before Election Day, Bobulinski, a Navy veteran, insisted he had firsthand knowledge that the former vice president was aware of the Biden family’s Chinese endeavors, contrary to the 2020 Democratic nominee’s claims.