On Monday, Donald Trump promised that if he is elected in 2024, he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Biden family, The Hill reported.
In an ALL CAPS post on Truth Social, Trump vowed to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate “the most corrupt president” in history and “the entire Biden crime family” and others who were involved in destroying “our elections, borders,” and the “country itself.”
Trump repeated his promise Tuesday evening while speaking to supporters in Bedminster, New Jersey after being arraigned in Miami.
This campaign promise is a familiar one, as Trump made a similar threat against his opponent Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.
During the presidential debate on October 8, 2016, Trump vowed to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton over her private email and other allegations.
But a week after the 2016 election, Trump told the New York Times in an editors’ meeting that he didn’t feel “very strongly” about prosecuting Hillary, saying she had already “suffered greatly.”
Given Trump’s past promise to appoint a special prosecutor to target Hillary, it could be that the threat to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Biden is more of a campaign promise than a certainty.
And while Trump might want to appoint a special prosecutor, the decision to do so would be up to whoever would be the Attorney General in a hypothetical second Trump administration.
After the New York Post published its explosive report on Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop in October 2016, Trump began demanding that Attorney General William Barr appoint a special prosecutor to investigate.
In an interview on “Fox & Friends” in October 2020, Trump said Barr had to “act fast” to “appoint somebody” to look into Hunter’s foreign business deals.
Trump is no stranger to targeting his political opponents.
Last fall, the New York Times reported that former Trump chief of staff John Kelly alleged that the former president wanted to pressure the IRS into investigating former FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.