Attorney General Bill Barr and President Trump are typically on the same page about most things, but Barr just went public with some news that won’t make Trump very happy.
Ever since the Michael Flynn unmasking bombshell, many have been calling for the Justice Department to hold Barack Obama and Joe Biden accountable, but Barr said on Monday that it’s not likely that a “criminal investigation” will be launched into the activities of the former president and vice president as part of the ongoing Durham probe.
In a press conference held on Monday morning, Barr addressed the ongoing Durham investigation, which was launched in 2019 to probe the origins of the Russia collusion hoax.
Though the details of the investigation are still under wraps, Barr revealed that “not every abuse of power, no matter how outrageous, is necessarily a federal crime.”
“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.”
Barr did not disclose who the “others” could be.
This news is not likely to sit well with Trump, who just last week urged GOP leaders in the Senate to call Obama to answer for “the biggest political crime and scandal in the history of the USA.”
Despite Trump’s calls for further probing into the role Obama and Biden played in the Russia collusion investigation, Barr was quick to spike any accusations of “retribution,” declaring that as long as he is the head of the DOJ, “the criminal justice system will not be used for partisan, political ends.”