Lawyer and political commentator Joe diGenova isn’t worried that former President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden may not face criminal charges.
The former U.S. Attorney to the District of Columbia believes “shaming” the two Democrats for the parts they played against President Donald Trump and his campaign will be more effective in the end.
DiGenova weighed in with Boston radio host Howie Carr on remarks made by Attorney General William Barr this week on how he was not expecting there to be a criminal investigation of the former president and vice president coming from the ongoing Justice Department review of the Russia probe.
“I didn’t expect him to do that and I think it would be extremely unwise for him to do that, for the Department of Justice, but also for the country,” diGenova said on “The Howie Carr Show.”
(Source: Howie Carr Show)
“One thing you don’t want to do in investigating this is emulate what Obama and the Obama Justice Department and FBI did – and that’s corrupt the federal law enforcement process,” he said. “The attorney general is applying the rules that should be applied.”
In a news conference Monday, Barr had said there is 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.”
“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. Our concern over potential criminality is focused on others,” he added, referring to John Durham, the U.S. attorney leading the investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.
DiGenova noted that Barr’s remarks don’t “mean that since he says he’s not going to charge either President Obama or Vice President Biden that he would not name them in an indictment as people who were used or participated.”
“And it doesn’t mean that when John Durham writes his report for the attorney general that he isn’t going to outline the activities and conduct and actions of President Obama and Vice President Biden,” he added, as he pointed out what he saw as a more important outcome.
“I happen to believe that the public shaming of former President Obama and Vice President Biden is far more important than indicting them,” the attorney said.
Carr interjected to say how he found Obama to be “shameless” and that he didn’t believe Biden would even “remember what he’s done.”
DiGenova agreed that Obama’s “arrogance is unbounded.”
“But let me tell you something. He’s come out of the closet to be Joe Biden’s press secretary and to defend him because he knows that what’s coming down the pike in terms of public disclosures about what he did…is all going to come out now,” diGenova said.
“And he thinks that it won’t matter, that it will roll off of him because he’s always been treated that way by the media,” he added, but pointed out that the investigation will reveal much.
“They are going to outline the incredible length to which the entire administration went to take down the president of the United States,” he said.
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