Right-wing talk radio host and NBC News contributor Hugh Hewitt interviewed White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Wednesday and urged the appointment of a special counsel to investigate “both Bidens” — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his son Hunter — in what would appear to be an open-ended manner to continue after the presidential election.
The justification for this request stems from a New York Post story about a laptop allegedly containing emails from Hunter Biden and involving his personal business dealings. There are serious questions about the laptop’s provenance and the involvement of Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani -- who has waged a long discredited propaganda campaign about Joe Biden’s policy work in Ukraine -- as well as serious internal doubts among New York Post staffers.
And while the emails did not appear to actually show any malfeasance on Joe Biden’s part, Hewitt said he would like to see President Donald Trump order Attorney General Bill Barr to appoint a special counsel to determine “whether or not any laws were broken.”
Hewitt, who had vigorously opposed the various investigations of Trump and had painted a number of elaborate conspiracy theories in his support, proclaimed: “This is one of the few times in my life, I believe the special counsel is necessary for this reason. If the president wins, people will believe any prosecution brought as a result of these emails will be a revenge prosecution. If he loses, they will believe that anything that doesn’t happen will be because of a coverup.”
In short, Hewitt’s ideal investigation of the Biden family would continue after the November election, no matter who ends up winning. Hewitt also offered up the rationale that a special counsel’s investigation would be trusted by both sides of the public. “So, I think it’s the ideal situation.”
Meadows told Hewitt that while he “certainly” had discussed the possibility of a special prosecutor with Trump, he would not be discussing that specific question with Barr.
Fox News has also been promoting a push from a group of House Republicans for a special counsel, which would have a wide-open mission to look into “any corresponding legal or ethical issues that might be uncovered from the former vice president’s 47 years in public office.”