U.S. Attorney John Durham will likely not conduct a criminal investigation into former President Barack Obama or former Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General William Barr said on Monday.
“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.”
At a time when President Trump and his allies are fanning the flames of an alleged “Obamagate” conspiracy, Barr emphasized that the Connecticut federal prosecutor’s inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation would follow the facts. Durham was selected by Barr last year to lead an investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation and into the actions taken by law enforcement and intelligence officials before and after Trump’s election.
Trump has chastised Obama over what he has dubbed “ObamaGate” — actions Trump and his allies say Obama and his top national security officials took to undermine his campaign and presidency.