President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he was “dissatisfied” with Attorney General Bill Barr after the Justice Department’s investigation into the previous administration found no wrongdoing and ended quietly without criminal charges.
Trump made comments to Newsmax television, in which he also declined to say whether he would keep Bar as attorney general for a potential second term.
“I can’t comment on that, it’s too early. I’m not happy, with all the evidence I had, I can tell you. I’m not happy, “Trump said in an interview.
Trump has praised and criticized Barr in past interviews and used the Justice Department as a staff to seek out political enemies.
Recently, news emerged that the Justice Department had completed an investigation commissioned by Bar to “unmask”
However, the Ministry of Justice found no evidence of wrongdoing and refused to publish its report publicly or file charges. The Washington Post was the first to report the news.
A Bar-appointed federal prosecutor has completed his review without finding evidence of wrongdoing, according to a source with direct knowledge of the investigation and without interviewing former CIA Director John Brennan, NBC News reported earlier.
Brennan told NBC News that he had not been interviewed by the prosecutor, U.S. Attorney John Bash of West Texas, or anyone involved in the investigation. Another key figure in the revealing dispute, who declined to be named, told NBC News that he had not been interviewed by Justice Department officials.
Bash was tapped by Bar to lead the “unmasking” probe in May. It began by separating the Connecticut attorney John Durham’s investigation into the origins of Special Attorney Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The so-called unmasking means a request to remove the edits of classified materials in order to better understand the document. In this case, it is about Americans whose names appear in intelligence reports generated by electronic wiretapping of foreign nationals.
Bash’s team was tasked with investigating whether Obama officials, such as Brennan, then-FBI Director James Comey, or then-Vice President Joe Biden, did the wrong thing when they asked for the identity of an unnamed intelligence official who turned out to be Trump’s incoming adviser. on National Security Michael Flynn.
It is not clear how many, if any, Obama administration officials have been interviewed by the Bash team, but it is possible that the Bash team had enough material from other sources, such as documents, a source of knowledge about how they are conducted. similar investigations, told NBC News.
The end of Bash’s investigation means that it is unlikely that Trump will be able to point to politically motivated and improperly initiated investigations into his campaign in 2016 before election day.
Bash announced his resignation from the Ministry of Justice last week, citing his desire to pursue a private practice. Durham said he would not submit a report before the November 3rd election.