President TrumpDonald John TrumpMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: ‘I would transition from the oil industry’ MORE has not asked Attorney General William BarrBill BarrSeattle, Portland, NYC sue Trump administration over threat to pull federal money Trump says he doesn’t actually want Whitmer, Biden and Obama to be locked up despite chants Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo MORE to open an investigation into the Biden family, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Friday, despite his comments earlier in the week urging the attorney general to look into the matter.
“No he has not. The president wants these things to be looked into, and the media is really the avenue that should be doing that at this point,” McEnany told reporters.
“It’s up to the attorney general as to how he pursues this, and the FBI, but we just want justice and we want the American people to have a full picture of what’s at stake,” she added.
Trump on Tuesday called on Barr to promptly look into Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenMore than 300 military family members endorse Biden Five takeaways from the final Trump-Biden debate Biden: ‘I would transition from the oil industry’ MORE, over unproven corruption allegations.
“We’ve got to get the attorney general to act. He’s got to act and he’s got to act fast,” Trump said on Fox News. “He’s got to appoint somebody. This is major corruption and this has to be known about before the election.”
White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsTrump tests negative for COVID-19 on day of debate The Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by Goldman Sachs – Iran, Russia election bombshell; final Prez debate tonight GOP power shift emerges with Trump, McConnell MORE said Wednesday that assigning a special prosecutor to the case “has merit,” but he downplayed that it is a pressing matter in the White House and shot down the prospect of any findings coming out before Election Day.
The president and his campaign have leaned hard into attacks on Hunter Biden, citing text messages and correspondence that they claim show Joe Biden was aware of his son’s foreign business dealings. But there is no evidence that Joe Biden was involved while he was vice president or that it influenced policy, and The Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday that documents show Joe Biden did not have any role in his son’s business interests.
The Trump campaign hosted a guest at Thursday’s debate who claimed Joe Biden was aware of his son’s business dealings in 2017. The man, Tony Bobulinski, said he would cooperate with the FBI and Republican senators looking into the matter.