If Michele Bachmann got worked up about President Obama’s life of excess, she’s really going hit the roof once she hears what we’re paying for presidents who aren’t even in office. According to a report by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, in 2012 the government spent nearly $3.7 million on George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter. That figure includes their $200,000 annual pension, compensation and benefits for a small staff, and funds for travel, office space, and postage. (The amount spent on Secret Service protection is not made public.) George W. Bush is costing taxpayers the most at $1.3 million, partially because presidents get more assistance for their first five years out of office. Of course, that’s nothing considering that the federal government spends trillions every year, and taxpayers are certainly being rewarded for enabling the younger Bush to pursue his passion for painting dogs.
The Special Counsel’s decision to describe the facts of his obstruction investigation without reaching any legal conclusions leaves it to the Attorney General to determine whether the conduct described in the report constitues a crime.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and I [AG William Barr] have concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel’s investigation is not suffienct to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.