Former US Attorney General Bill Barr told Fox News that the civil lawsuit brought by State Attorney General Letitia James on behalf of the state of New York against President Donald J. Trump is complete nonsense in his eyes.
He said that it appeared to be a witch hunt launched by someone who needed to promote her own faltering campaign by focusing on Trump, whom she had promised to punish while in power but hadn’t yet managed to do so.
”she doesn’t have the evidence to make this a criminal case, obviously and she is overarching dragging the kids in kids in, and the loans were paid and she looks like she is making good on a campaign promise to bring Trump down. It will backfire on her and make him look sympathetic.” Barr told Fox News hosts.
Fox News anchor Sandra Smith: "To your point about this being a political hit, to the son's point, Donald Trump Jr., tweeting this: 'this is all about politics, weaponizing her office to go after political opponents,' if that’s the case, how is she going to be held accountable?" pic.twitter.com/QIqY4Z9gyx
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) September 21, 2022
“She has no evidence that the kids were a part of this; that is the most obvious problem here,” according to Barr, involved in this lengthy, 8-minute interview.
As Barr said to Fox News, “This, to me, looks like gross overreach, which I think is going to end up backfiring on them because I think it will make people sympathetic for Trump, this is another example of people piling on because of Trump derangement syndrome, which is this strong desire to punish him.”
Eric Trump, Donald J. Trump’s second eldest son, also supports Barr. Eric uploaded a video compilation of James’s many campaign promises to “get Trump” as proof that Barr was in fact politicizing her office to target her political rival.
Not a political “witch hunt?!” What a joke… pic.twitter.com/dzuGaW9vNy
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) September 21, 2022
On Wednesday, James made the case public, stating that she was suing Trump and his three adult children for $250 million, alleging that they had engaged in “persistent fraudulent practices” by inflating the worth of 200 different assets in financial records.
As executive vice presidents who were informed on business operations, the lawsuit claims that Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric Trump “knowingly participated” in the conspiracy. This is where Barr truly objects, saying “It is hard for me not to conclude it’s a political hit job.”
Barr continued by charging James of “targeting” Trump.
One Fox news show asked Barr “It would seem that her goal is to ban anybody with the last name Trump from ever working for the Trump organization again, right? It would seem that her goal is to eviscerate the family business. What do you think of what she’s doing?”
“For me, it is impossible not to conclude it’s a political hit job, and this is a woman who campaigned for office the first time saying , go after Trump, which I think is a tremendous abuse of office to go head-hunting, and targeting individuals.
So, I think she was targeting Trump. And this is after three years a civil lawsuit, the gist of which is that when the Trump organization should borrow money and then personally guarantee those loans, and the support for that is that she’s claiming that he inflated his assets on his financial statements, I’m not even sure she has a good case against Trump himself,” Barr stated.
“But what ultimately persuades me that this is a political hit job is when she tries to drag the children into it. Yes, they had roles in the business, but this was his personal financial statement. It was prepared by the CFO accounting firms were involved in it. The children aren’t going to know the details of that or are they expected in the real world to do their own due diligence there
I don’t think it’s going to go any further.
These are successful Investments and the banks were paid back.
There are times where people may be conducting legitimate investigations into some of Trump’s actions. But this isn’t one of them. And it is simply true that there are a lot of long knives out for them and people tend to target him unfairly and apply different standards of justice, and when that happens, I think it has to be called out,” added Barr.
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President Trump posted on Truth Social that the case was “another Witch Hunt by a racist, attorney general, Leticia James getting almost zero support from the public and now doing poorly against Law and Order AG candidate, highly respected, Michael Henry. ” CONTINUE READING…