Bill Barr Admits Criminal Investigation Into Obama, Biden, Isn’t Happening
President Donald Trump has been promoting the theory that Barack Obama and Joe Biden engaged in criminal activity during Obama’s presidency. Though the accusations are typically amorphous and vague, one of the more specific complaints Trump has is with regard to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Trump has implied that the investigation, which looked into his own interactions with Russia, was illegal, and that Obama should face charges.
However, Attorney General Bill Barr addressed this Monday, admitting that there will not be criminal charges for either Obama or Biden. Though Barr implied that he believes President Obama and Vice President Biden did abuse the power of their offices, he added, “Not every abuse of power…is necessarily a federal crime.”
Barr: As to President Obama and VP 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 pic.twitter.com/iCAfFgyG8H
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) May 18, 2020
As for President Obama and Vice President Biden…based on the information I have today I don’t expect…a criminal investigation of either man.
For weeks, Trump has been saying that the Obama administration was involved in scandal and corruption, calling it “Obamagate,” and labeling it “the greatest political scandal in the history of the United States,” and “the biggest political crime in American history.”
The biggest political crime in American history, by far! https://t.co/m5nPdUHt4u
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2020
When questioned about this in a press conference, Trump was unable to specify what the crime was, but maintained that it was serious, and seemed to hint that prosecution was coming.
Q Those were your words. What crime exactly are you accusing President Obama of committing? And do you believe the Justice Department should prosecute him?
THE PRESIDENT: “Obamagate.” It’s been going on for a long time. It’s been going on from before I even got elected. And it’s a disgrace that it happened. And if you look at what’s gone on, and if you look at, now, all of this information that’s being released — and from what I understand, that’s only the beginning — some terrible things happened, and it should never be allowed to happen in our country again.
And you’ll be seeing what’s going on over the next — over the coming weeks. But I — and I wish you’d write honestly about it, but unfortunately, you choose not to do so.
Yeah. Jon, please.
Q What is the crime exactly that you’re accusing him of?
THE PRESIDENT: You know what the crime is. The crime is very obvious to everybody. All you have to do is read the newspapers, except yours.
Now Attorney General Bill Barr appears to contradict Trump’s insinuations and allegations. His statement does indicate that investigators will continue looking into the impetus and handling of the Russian interference investigation, specifically the unmasking of Michael Flynn. However, the investigation, however far it goes, won’t be into Obama and Biden, and the two won’t be facing criminal charges for things Trump claims they did.