Attorney General William Barr suggested, during an NBC News interview, that there are more criminal charges coming soon through the Durham investigation into the origins of the Russia hoax.
In the interview, NBC reporter Pete Williams asked Barr, “Okay, would you say—it’s unlikely that there’ll be further criminal charges?”
Barr immediately replied “No, I wouldn’t say that at all, no.”
Barr’s Previous Statements
During an interview with Fox News last month, Barr stated that there were “significant developments” in the investigation of the origins of the FBI’s investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign.
“There are two different things going on. One, I’ve said that the American people need to know what actually happened, we need to get through the story of what happened in 2016 and 2017, now, out. That will be done,” Barr said.
“The second aspect of this is, if people crossed the line, if people involved in that activity violated the criminal law, they will be charged. And John Durham is an independent man, highly experienced, and his investigation is pursuing apace. There was some delay because of COVID, but I’m satisfied with the progress, and I’ve said there are going to be developments, significant developments, before the election, but we’re not doing this on the election schedule,” Barr continued.
The Attorney General clarified his feelings about the investigation and its’ possible effects on the election, saying that the timing of the developments in the criminal probe are not dictated by the election. “We’re aware of the election, we’re not going to do anything inappropriate before the election, but we’re not being dictated to by this schedule. What’s dictating the timing of this are developments in the case, and there will be developments. Tomorrow, there will be a development in the case – it’s not an Earth-shattering development, but it is an indication that things are moving along at the proper pace as dictated by the facts in this investigation. When we feel we can prove a crime beyond a reasonable doubt, it will be charged, I can tell you that,” Barr concluded.
Pressure from the Democrats
In a congressional hearing in July, Democrats attempted to pressure the Attorney General into not releasing the results of the criminal probe prior to the election. Representative Debbie Mucarsel-Powell asked Barr: “Under oath, under oath, do you commit to not releasing any report by Mr. Durham before the November election?”
Barr responded with a strong “no,” even as she repeated her question. She then tried to turn it into a political scandal and alluded to his actions violating DOJ policy, saying: “So, you won’t go by Department of Justice policy that you won’t interfere in any political investigations before the November election?”
“I will be very careful—I know Justice Department policy. We’re not going to interfere. In fact, I’ve made it clear I’m not going tolerate interference,” Barr answered.
In June, the Attorney General spoke to Fox News, saying that he was “very troubled” by what has been uncovered in the Durham investigation. “For the first time in American history, the police organizations and the national security organizations were used to spy on a campaign and there was no basis for it,” Barr said.