(DCWatchdog.com) – Enraging former President Donald Trump, former US Attorney General Bill Barr stated that the Biden administration’s Justice Department has the legal “basis” for indicting his former boss.
Barr served as Trump’s Attorney General from February 2019 until December 2020. The then-president dismissed him after they fell out over doubts that the Democrats had used voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
Since then, the former AG has been speaking out against Trump, most recently supporting Joe Biden’s DOJ in its push to investigate the former president after the FBI seized government records from his Mar-a-Lago home in an August raid.
On Sunday, Barr told PBS’s “Firing Line” that the Justice Department has “the basis for legitimately indicting” Trump.
“If a former president commits a crime, especially a serious crime, they should be indicted for it,” the former US Attorney General stated.
“If the Department of Justice can show that these were indeed very sensitive documents, which I think they probably were, and also show that the president consciously was involved in misleading the department, deceiving the government, and playing games after he had received the subpoena for the documents, those are serious charges. That’s serious,” Barr elaborated.
He made it clear he was “speculating” but answered positively when asked whether that was “a serious enough crime.”
“I’ve said that I personally think that they probably have the basis for legitimately indicting the president. I don’t know, I’m speculating. But given what’s gone on, I think they probably have the evidence that would check the box. They have the case,” Trump’s former US AG said.
However, Barr refused to give a clear-cut answer to whether the Biden administration “should” go ahead and indict Trump, saying the decision was up to them.
He also refused to respond when asked if he would have pursued an investigation if he were the US Attorney General.
At the same time, however, Barr declared he considered the possibility that Trump would be indicted as “becoming increasingly more likely.”
Trump’s former AG gave a convoluted answer when asked if he thought it “would be appropriate” for the DOJ to indict Trump.
“The argument for doing it is that if you let someone like this who, you know–if the facts are as raw as they may be and you let someone get away with it, how can you protect these secrets? How can you insist on people in government taking this stuff seriously?” Barr asked rhetorically.
“That’s an important thing to weigh, as well as what it will do to the country and to the office of the presidency. And I think Merrick Garland is going to have to make that call,” the former US AG concluded.
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