Former U.S. Attorney General William Barr said he did not appoint a special counsel in the criminal investigation into Joe Biden’s son because that would have given the Biden administration justification to cancel the probe once Biden was sworn in as president.

Barr made the remarks during a Sunday CBS News interview with Major Garrett on “Face The Nation” when he was asked if he regretted not appointing a special counsel to investigate Hunter Biden given the allegations that have come out in recent months.

“No,” Barr responded. “When I was the attorney- in order to appoint a special counsel, you have to have a conflict, or should have, a conflict of interest. I had no conflict of interest investigating Hunter Biden. If there was a conflict it would be [Attorney General Merrick] Garland’s, and he had to make the decision when he took office as to whether or not it could be fairly handled in the department or whether or not a special counsel was necessary.”

“I felt that if I prejudged that and preempted his decision, it would actually set things up that he would have probably, or the administration, would have just canceled the investigation, and I felt he would keep our U.S. Attorney in place,” he said.

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“But once Garland came in, he had the responsibility of determining whether a thorough investigation was being done and was being done fairly.”

On Friday, Barr also discussed several of the reasons he would consider not indicting former President Trump over his alleged conduct on January 6, 2021.

Barr, who served under the Trump administration, argued while speaking to Fox News’ Martha MacCallum that Special Counsel Jack Smith’s indictment against Trump is a “legitimate” case from a legal standpoint.

While he was willing to defend Smith’s indictment, he also argued that the “divisiveness” of the indictment and the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) handling of Hunter Biden’s alleged criminal wrongdoing are both solid reasons to decide against the indictment.

“Here you are being aggressive against President Trump. I’m not saying that it’s improper to bring the case, but I’m saying it’s an aggressive move versus I think very lenient treatment of Hunter Biden, and I think that is very divisive in the country and I would take that into account,” Barr said.

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