US Attorney General William Barr said on Monday that neither former President Barack Obama, nor former Vice President Joe Biden, are likely to be targets of the DOJ’s investigation into 2016 interference.
Obama and Biden Not Under Investigation
New information regarding alleged 2016 election interference came up several weeks ago, leading to developments in the case of Michael Flynn, with top Obama administration officials involved in his “unmasking.”
The DOJ dropped the case against Flynn, and is expected to look into what went down during the presidential transition period.
“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 said, referring to prosecutor John Durham, who is reviewing the 2016 Russia probe’s origins.
Barr, however, said that the DOJ’s focus over potential criminality is on “others,” despite not dropping any names.
President Trump has recently been repeating the word “Obamagate”, tying Obama to what Trump describes as “the biggest political crime in American history,” although evidence is so far lacking. Some supporters of the president have been calling for criminal inquiries into Obama and Biden for unspecified abuses of power during the investigation, whose goal was to determine if there was a connection between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.
It’s unclear what exactly President Trump is accusing Obama of, although the allegations seem to focus on law enforcement actions towards the end of Obama’s presidency.