Grassley Predicts When Durham Will Announce Charges In Russia Origins Probe
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Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley says he believes an investigation into the origins of the Russia probe will not lead to indictments until after the November election -- and he's not happy about the timing of that.
In a tweet on Monday, Grassley said, “Barr recently said ‘this is the closest we have ever come to an organized effort to push a president out of office ‘ leads me to think Durham [won’t] report any prosecutions til after election so as not influence [the] vote. SAD SAD.”
“IF NO PROSECUTIONS TIL AFTER ELECTIONS SAD SAD//just think Flynn Mueller Impeachment/ The deep state is so deep that [people] get away [with] political crimes/Durham [should] be producing some fruit of his labor,” he added.
Attorney General Bill Barr caught many by surprise, including President Donald Trump, recently when he discussed the ongoing Russia probe.
During a press conference back in late May, Barr said he does not expect U.S. Attorney John Durham’s review into the origins of the Russia probe will lead to a “criminal investigation” of either former President Barack Obama or former Vice President Joe Biden.
However, Barr did confirm that “some aspects are being investigated as potential crimes.”
“As for President Obama and Vice President Biden, whatever their level of involvement based on what I know, I don’t expect Durham’s work will lead to a criminal investigation of either man,” Barr said. “Our concern of potential criminality is focused on others.”
Not long after Barr's comments, Trump told reporters he was "surprised" by Barr's comments.
As noted by The Hill, here's what Trump said:
I don’t say disappointed or not, but I have no doubt that they were involved in this hoax, one of the worst things ever befall to 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 is criminal, I think it would be 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. I’m going to let the attorney general make all of those decisions. I am going to stay out of it because it is the appropriate thing to do. I wouldn’t have to stay out of it as you know, but I’ve decided to stay out of it.
Barr did make it clear that he was very unhappy with how Obama's FBI and DOJ went after the Trump campaign during the 2016 election and vowed that actions are coming.
“What happened to the president in 2016 election and throughout the first two years of his administration was abhorrent,” Barr said, adding that “it was a grave injustice and it was unprecedented.”
“We saw two different standards of justice emerge. ... One that applied to Trump and his associates, and another that applied to everyone else,” Barr said.