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Trump grows indignant when advised that Durham investigation outcomes might not be launched earlier than the election

President Donald Trump

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President Donald Trump criticized Attorney General William Barr on Friday after learning in a live radio interview that an inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation may not be released before election day.

Trump, speaking to conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, had been asked about Axios' report that Barr warned Republicans on Capitol Hill not to expect the Justice Department investigation results before Nov. 3 to be published.

"If that's the case, I find it terrible. It's very disappointing. And I'll tell him in the face," Trump said during the roughly two-hour radio interview.

"I think it's a shame. It's an embarrassment," he said.

The president said he was previously unaware of Barr's reported comments. "This is my first time hearing this," Trump told Limbaugh.

"If Bill Barr made this statement, I would be very disappointed with him," added Trump.

Trump has publicly pressured Barr and the DOJ to quickly complete the investigation. It examines how the department under the administration of then President Barack Obama launched an investigation into Trump's presidential campaign and its contacts with Russia in 2016. The investigation is overseen by John Durham, the United States attorney for Connecticut.

Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the president's remarks.

In an interview on Thursday on Fox Business Network, Trump said of Durham's investigation, "These are people who spied on my campaign and we have it all. Now they say they have a lot more, OK. And I say," ; Bill, we have a lot, you don't need any more. & # 39; "

Trump has claimed that numerous officials from the DOJ and the Obama administration, including former Vice President Joe Biden, his rival in the 2020 election, should bring charges.

"If Bill Barr doesn't charge these people with crimes – the greatest political crimes in our country's history – we will be little satisfied when I win," Trump said of Fox Business. "But these people should be charged, this was the greatest political crime in our country's history. And that includes Obama and Biden."

Barr has previously said that Trump's tweets about a separate case with his longtime ally Roger Stone "make it impossible for me to do my job".

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