William Barr: Obama Admin Actions Against Trump Were “Unprecedented” And “Abhorrent”

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On Monday, Attorney General William Barr said that the actions taken against President Trump by Obama-era officials during the first few years of Trump’s presidency were “unprecedented” and “abhorrent.”

“I’ve commented since I have been attorney general and even during my confirmation hearings that over the past few decades, there have been increasing attempts to use the criminal justice system as a political weapon.” Barr said. “And as long as I’m attorney general, the criminal justice system will not be used for partisan political ends.”

“And what happened to the president and I’ve said this many times, what happened to the president in the 2016 election and throughout the first two years of his administration was abhorrent.” Barr continued. “It was a grave injustice and it was unprecedented in American history. The law enforcement and intelligence apparatus of this country were involved in advancing a false and utterly baseless Russian collusion narrative against the president.”

“The proper investigative and prosecutive standards of the department of justice were abused, in my view, in order to reach a particular result.” Barr continued. “We saw two different standards of justice emerge, one that applied to President Trump and his associates and the other that applied to everybody else. We can’t allow this ever to happen again. The Durham investigation is trying to get to the bottom of what happened, and it will determine whether there were any federal laws broken. And if there were, those who broke the laws will be held to account.”