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Former federal prosecutor Joe diGenova said Thursday that it isn’t necessary for the Justice Department to indict former President Barack Obama or former Vice President Joe Biden for weaponizing the U.S. intelligence community against President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
In an interview with Boston radio host Howie Carr, diGenova said that publicly “shaming” Obama and Biden, which he believes will happen, is good enough.
“I happen to believe that the public shaming of former President Obama and Vice President Biden is far more important than indicting them,” he told Carr .
Earlier this week, Attorney General William Barr said he didn’t expect U.S. Attorney John Durham to file charges against the former president and vice president as he continues his criminal investigation into the origins of the ‘Russiagate’ operation.
“There’s 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,” Barr said Monday . “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.”
Continuing, Barr said the Durham investigation “will determine whether there were any federal laws broken, and, if there were, those who broke the laws will be held to account.”
“But this cannot be and it will not be a tit-for-tat exercise. We are not going to lower our standards to achieve a particular result,” he said.DiGenova didn’t seem surprised by the attorney general’s comments. “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, […]