Barr: “I don’t expect” Obama or Biden to be criminally investigated

by Peter Heck · May 19th, 2020 10:43 am

Attorney General Bill Barr said on Monday that he does not expect that a review of the origins of the Russia probe will lead to a "criminal investigation" of either former President Barack Obama or former Vice President Joe Biden.

Barr added that U.S. Attorney John Durham's review of the probe may lead to an investigation into other officials.

"As for President Obama and Vice President Biden, whatever their level of involvement based on what I know, I don't expect Durham's work will lead to a criminal investigation of either man," Barr said. "Our concern of potential criminality is focused on others."

President Trump, who has accused his predecessor of presiding over the "most corrupt and incompetent" administration in U.S. history, said he was "surprised" by Barr's remarks. Trump recently called for Congress to summon Obama to testify.

That seems unlikely, Barr pointed out, as "not every abuse of power, no matter how outrageous, in necessarily a federal crime."


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