Former Attorney General William Barr, who worked for President Donald J. Trump, stated on Wednesday that he thinks the Justice Department is “getting very close” to having enough evidence to bring an indictment against former Trump based on the evidence seized during the highly political raid on Trump’s Florida family home in August.
Barr, who has a very peculiar interest in the matter, stated on Fox News that government investigators must decide whether they will be able to bring a “technical” case against Trump for his handling of sensitive documents. This statement was made at the same time that a special master was appointed to determine the nature of those same documents, stopping any further DOJ ingestion.
According to Barr, who appears to be a supporter of the administrative state, “I think they’re getting very close to that point, frankly,” Barr told Fox audiences.
As if anything the government is doing to deny Trump his authority is normal, Barr said the other question to think about is whether to indict a former president, what it would do to the country, and what precedent it would make.
“Will the people really understand that this is not failing to return a library book, that this is serious? And so you have to worry about those things,” The Justice Department (DOJ) will be under pressure to indict Trump, so you must be concerned about those things, said Barr, who also expressed his hope that they will do so.
The Hill reports that a federal judge granted Trump’s request to name a special master to examine the papers taken from his Florida resort last month. The objective of the special master will be to ascertain if any documents taken are covered by executive or attorney-client privilege.
Attorney-client privilege-protected documents, according to Barr, should be given back to Trump. He pointed out that since they wouldn’t have gone through the documents page-by-page during the search, the FBI had a right to remove them at first.
According to the law, he claimed, “there is no scenario” in which Trump should receive the government documents, some of which are secret.
He declared, “If it deals with government stuff, it goes back to the government.”
Barr stated that if there is evidence of the manner in which the official records were kept, investigators may also take and preserve personal objects belonging to Trump.
He added that “If you find very sensitive documents in Trump’s desk along with his passports, that ties Trump to those documents.”
Tuesday, Barr criticized as “seriously flawed” a federal judge’s decision to appoint a special master to examine the records.
Barr remarked on Fox News, “The opinion was wrong, and I think the government should appeal it. It’s deeply flawed in a number of ways. I don’t think the appointment of a special master is going to hold up, but even if it does, I don’t see it fundamentally changing the trajectory” of the case.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
Leftist CNN celebrated what they viewed as an attack on Trump by Barr in their report on the matter:
“Ex-Attorney General William Barr’s scathing critique of a major court victory for Donald Trump in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents drama is escalating the scrutiny of the judge who put the brakes on the investigation. CONTINUE READING…