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Barr: I Made It Clear At My Confirmation I Was Going To Look Into What Happened In 2016 and 2017


Attorney General William Barr told CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge dismissing the charges against Michael Flynn was an “easy decision.” In an interview Thursday, Barr said one of the reasons he returned to public service was because he felt there were two standards of justice. “I made clear during my confirmation hearing that I was gonna look into what happened in 2016 and ’17,” Barr said. “I made that crystal clear. I was very concerned about what happened. I was gonna get to the bottom of it. And that included the treatment of General Flynn.”

CATHERINE HERRIDGE, CBS NEWS SENIOR INVESTIGATIVE CORRESPONDENT: What should Americans take away from your actions in the Flynn case today? ATTORNEY GENERAL BILL BARR: Well, as I said in my confirmation hearing, one of the reasons I came back is because I was concerned that people were feeling there were two standards of justice in this country. And that the political and that the justice, or the law enforcement process was being used to play political games. And I wanted to make sure that we restore confidence in the system. There’s only one standard of justice. And I believe that this case, that justice in this case requires dismissing the charges against General Flynn. HERRIDGE: Are the actions you’re taking today bigger than the Flynn case? BARR: Well, I think they are bigger because I hope that it sends the message that there is one standard of justice in this country. And that’s the way it will be. It doesn’t matter what political party you’re in, or, you know, whether you’re rich or poor. We will follow the same standard for everybody. Was there a crime committed, do we believe a crime was committed? And do we have the evidence to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt? And we don’t think either of those standards were applicable here.

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