According to AG William Barr, U.S. Attorney John Durham will likely not conduct a criminal investigation into Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
“I have a general idea of how Mr. Durham’s investigation is going. … There’s a difference between an abuse of power and a federal crime. Not every abuse of power, no matter how outrageous, is necessarily a federal crime,” Barr said during a press conference on Monday.
“Now, as to President Obama and Vice President Biden, whatever their level of involvement, based on the information I have today, I don’t expect Mr. Durham’s work will lead to a criminal investigation of either man. Our concern over potential criminality is focused on others.”
As you know, President Trump and his allies are increasingly talking about of an alleged “Obamagate” conspiracy. AG Barr put an accent on the fact that Durham’s inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation would follow the facts.
“The Durham investigation is trying to get to the bottom of what happened, and it will determine whether there were any federal laws broken, and, if there were, those who broke the laws will be held to account,” Barr continued. “But this cannot be and it will not be a tit-for-tat exercise. We are not going to lower our standards to achieve a particular result.”
Barr also added that his aim is not to put focus on investigations into one or both candidates, like what happened in 2016.
“We live in a very divided country right now, and I think it is critical that we have an election where the American people are allowed to make a decision, a choice, between President Trump and Vice President Biden based on a robust debate of policy issues, and we cannot allow this process to be hijacked by efforts to drum up criminal investigations of either candidate,” Barr said. “And I’m committed that this election will be conducted without this kind of interference. Any effort to pursue an investigation of either candidate has to be approved by me.”