Attorney General William Barr indicated Monday he does not expect the probe undertaken by U.S. Attorney John Durham to result in criminal investigations into Obama or Biden.
“Based on the information I have today, I don’t expect Mr. Durham’s work will lead to a criminal investigation of either man,” Barr told reporters “Our concern over potential criminality is focused on others.”
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— The Hill (@thehill) May 18, 2020
Per ABC News, President Donald Trump told reporters later Monday he was “surprised.”
“I think Obama and Biden knew about it. They were participants, but, so I’m a little surprised by that statement,” Trump told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl, saying he would need to take a closer look at Barr’s remarks, which he said he just recently learned about.
Asked if he will be disappointed if there is no criminal investigation into his political rivals, the president wouldn’t say, but said he has no doubt of their involvement in the origins of the Russia probe.
“I don’t know about being disappointed or not,” Trump said. “But I have no doubt that they were involved in this hoax. One of the worst things ever to befall this country, in terms of political scandal. I have absolutely no doubt that Obama and Biden were involved and, as to whether or not it was criminal, I would think it would be very serious. Very, very serious. 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 called the move a “double standard.”
“If it was me, I guarantee that they’d be going after me. In his case, they’re not so — I think it’s just a continuation of a double standard. I’m surprised by it,” Trump said.
Even as the president leveled serious accusations without evidence that his predecessor was involved in illegal activity to take down his presidency, he said he will stay out of the matter and leave it to his “honorable attorney general.”
“I’ve decided to stay out of it,” Trump said. “I will say this: we have an honorable attorney general. He’s going to do an honorable job. He’s a very honorable man and he’s going to do a very honorable job.”