This week has not been a terribly wonderful one for former President Donald Trump, whose legal and political troubles appear to be manifesting rather simultaneously in recent days.
His latest bout of chaos comes to us from New York State, where Attorney General Letitia James is suing Trump, his organization, and parts of his family, for tax fraud – while also referring the case to the IRS as a criminal matter.
And while some pundits have suggested, a bit prematurely, that this will be the end of Trump’s businesses as we know them, some who’ve been close to the former President are of the belief that this is yet another political stunt aimed at lessening his likelihood of running for the White House in 2024.
Former Attorney General Bill Barr said Wednesday on FNC’s “America Reports” that New York State Attorney General Letitia James’s lawsuit against former President Donald Trump and his adult children was a “political hit job.”
Barr said, “It’s hard for me not to conclude it’s a political hit job. This is a woman who campaigned for office promising she was going to go after Trump, which I think is a tremendous abuse of office to go headhunting and targeting individuals. So I think she was targeting Trump.”
And he didn’t stop there.
He continued, “This is after three years a civil lawsuit, the gist of which is when the Trump organization borrowed money, Trump personally guaranteed those loans, and to support 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, but what ultimately persuades me that this is a political hit job is she grossly overreaches when she tries to drag the children into this.”
This was a welcome return to form for Barr, who had spent the last several weeks making less-than complimentary commentary on his former boss.