Attorney General William Barr told reporters today that he does not see the Durham probe leading to criminal charges against Barack Obama or Joe Biden.
Barr told reporters, “Based on the information I have today, I don’t expect Mr. Durham’s work will lead to a criminal investigation of either man,” before adding that his concerns over potential criminality in the Russia inquiry lies with others.
AG Barr: “Not every abuse of power — no matter how outrageous — is necessarily a federal crime.” pic.twitter.com/EtsO4U4qa4
— The Hill (@thehill) May 18, 2020
Barr’s statements at least partially contradicted President Trump’s recent Fox News interview, where the commander-in-chief implied the Obama administration was involved in criminal activity. While Barr wouldn’t address Trump’s comments, he did denounce “increasing attempts to use the criminal justice system as a political weapon.” (RELATED: Fox News Host’s Surprising Reason for Bashing Barr)
When confronted with the developments, President Trump expressed surprise in his attorney general. (The Hill)
“I think if it was me, they would do it. I think if for them, maybe, they’re not going to,” Trump told reporters Monday afternoon. “I’m surprised because Obama knew everything that was happening.”
“I think it’s just a continuation of a double standard. I am surprised by it,” the president continued.
Trump on Monday reiterated that he believed the former president’s and vice president’s actions in connection to the Russia investigation were “illegal.”
“It was a takedown of a president, regardless of me, it happened to be me, and in my opinion it was an illegal takedown,” Trump said. “I’m going to let the attorney general make all of those decisions. I am going to stay out of it because it is the appropriate thing to do. I wouldn’t have to stay out of it as you know, but I’ve decided to stay out of it.”