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“What happened to the president in the 2016 election and throughout the first two years of his administration was abhorrent,” Attorney General William Barr told reporters.

“It was a grave injustice and it was unprecedented in American history,” he added.

However, Barr said that he does not expect a criminal investigation of former President Obama or former Vice President Joe Biden to result from the probe undertaken by U.S. Attorney John Durham.

“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 at the Justice Department. “Our concern over potential criminality is focused on others.”

“The law enforcement and intelligence apparatus of this country were involved in advancing a false and utterly baseless Russian collusion narrative against the president,” he added.



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“We are not going to lower the standards just to achieve a result,” he said, before adding he did not expect criminal investigations into either Obama or Biden.

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Barr was asked about President Trump’s recent remarks encouraging investigations into Obama and other officials from the previous administration during a press conference on December’s Pensacola Naval Air Station shooting. The president has suggested Obama administration officials were involved in criminal wrongdoing in connection with the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference.

Barr answered that he wouldn’t address Trump’s remarks specifically but denounced “increasing attempts to use the criminal justice system as a political weapon.”

Barr has tapped Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to oversee an investigation into the FBI’s decision-making in the investigation, including potential criminal wrongdoing. The attorney general has been deeply critical of the bureau’s handling of the investigation into contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign, and he renewed that criticism on Monday…

Trump has over the past few weeks suggested that Obama was personally involved in a nefarious plot to target his campaign for political purposes using the Russia investigation, promoting the moniker “Obamagate.”

Trump has leveled attacks on Obama on Twitter, suggesting he was involved in “the biggest political crime in American history.”

The president declined to name the crime he believes Obama committed in an exchange with reporters last week, though he insisted that “the crime is very obvious to everybody.”

There is no evidence that Obama or Biden were involved in criminal wrongdoing in connection with the Russia investigation, and Durham has yet to charge anyone in connection with the probe. Still, Trump and his conservative allies have pointed to new details released in connection with the case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn to allege wrongdoing by the previous administration, including by Biden, the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee.

President Donald Trump openly criticized Barack Obama over the weekend, tying him to the Michael Flynn investigation and scandal, according to Fox News.

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After Attorney General William Barr’s Justice Department dropped its’ case against retired national security advisor, Michael Flynn, Trump and others pointed out that the scandal was just a part of a Democrat-manufactured plot to remove him from office.

Trump retweeted Eli Lake who wrote, “It’s now clear why every Republican on [Rep. Adam Schiff’s] committee in 2019 called for his resignation. He knew the closed door witnesses didn’t support his innuendo and fakery on Russia collusion.”

Sidney Powell, one of Flynn’s lawyers, told Fox News’ the “whole thing was orchestrated and set up within the FBI, Clapper, Brennan and in the Oval Office meeting that day with President Obama.”

During an interview on Fox News with host Maria Bartiromo, Powell was asked if she believed the scandal circulated all the way up to Obama, to which Powell confidently responded, “Absolutely.”

Trump also took to Twitter and wrote “OBAMAGATE,” indicating his belief that his predecessor was part of the malfeasance.