Barr blasted for wrongly suggesting Obama and Biden abused their power, had ‘level of involvement’ in Russia probe
Attorney General Bill Barr is under fire for wrongly suggesting former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden abused their power and had some “level of involvement” in the FBI’s investigation of now-President Donald Trump.
On Monday Barr announced that he does not “expect” the federal prosecutor he appointed to lead that investigation “will lead to a criminal prosecution of either man.”
But Barr also suggested both men had engaged in an abuse of power, without offering any proof, in what some see as a clear attempt to disparage them.
“We have to bear in mind what the Supreme Court recently reminded us of in the ‘Bridgegate’ case. As the court said there, 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 declared.
“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.”
Barr says he does not "expect" that the ongoing review of the Trump-Russia probe will lead to a criminal investigat… https://t.co/bt3Mz5HTK2— CBS News (@CBS News)1589816748.0
Barr is known to choose his words very carefully, to paint the picture he wants Americans to see. A federal judge has already chastised him for his four-page Mueller investigation letter, calling it “distorted” and “misleading.”
And by declaring there won’t be a “criminal investigation,” he gets the words “criminal” and “investigation” or “prosecution” tied to both Democrats in the press.
His remarks immediately led to headlines like these:
“Barr says he does not expect criminal investigation of Obama or Biden as result of Durham probe”
“Barr Says Probe Won’t Likely Lead to Prosecution of Obama, Biden”
“Barr Says He Doesn’t Expect Criminal Probe Into Obama or Biden”
On social media many saw through Barr’s tactics:
@thehill OMG Barr is the most corrupt and biased politician ever to hold the office of AG. Obama and Biden did noth… https://t.co/LmRuk84SSh— Citizens for Real Leadership in NY27 (@Citizens for Real Leadership in NY27)1589818203.0
And the whatever their involvement mentioned line is complete underhanded bullshit. Joe Biden is running g for Pre… https://t.co/DGqwbQYfvH— Joe Lockhart (@Joe Lockhart)1589819293.0
@joelockhart Barr leaves miles of room to do one or more of the following: (a) accuse Biden/Obama of "abuse of pow… https://t.co/lDEtMeZWvO— Bill Barr Baggins (@Bill Barr Baggins)1589819716.0
@joelockhart Yes...just leaving that “whatever their level of involvement” nugget floating out there. What a scummy corrupt SOB!— Ava Hunch 🗳🤞🏻🗳🤞🏻🗳 (@Ava Hunch 🗳🤞🏻🗳🤞🏻🗳)1589819634.0
Barr implying that Obama and Biden's actions were outrageous but not rising to the level of a crime, after the exac… https://t.co/oLtQqUKHMw— Pwn All The Things (@Pwn All The Things)1589820520.0
@cnnbrk Bill Barr says he won't investigate Obama or Biden or Trump (Ha!), but let's get something clear. What he s… https://t.co/QFJauw15WK— Karen 🇺🇸🌊❤🧶❄🐑🐄🍒🚜🌽 (@Karen 🇺🇸🌊❤🧶❄🐑🐄🍒🚜🌽)1589820379.0
What an odd statement from an AG, making statements about investigations that don’t exist https://t.co/mpfeOUV8TH— Carrie Cordero (@Carrie Cordero)1589819910.0