The last few weeks have seen former Attorney General Bill Barr distance himself rather distinctly from his former boss, then-President Donald Trump.
Much of Barr’s criticism of late has unsurprisingly centered around the Mar-a-Lago document storage controversy, and the ensuing investigation that Trump faces at the hands of the DOJ.
The former top cop’s latest offering to the conversation suggests that the Justice Department will soon have enough evidence to indict Donald Trump in the matter, but Barr isn’t so sure that they should.
Barr said that two major issues in the case over these materials — many of which bore classification markings — are whether the DOJ can make a case to charge Trump, and whether it should.
“Will the government be able to make out a technical case, will they have evidence by which — that they could indict somebody on, including him?” Barr said in a Fox News interview, his third appearance on the network in five days.Trending:
“That’s the first question, and I think they’re getting very close to that point, frankly,” said Barr, who led the Justice Department from early 2019 until the final months of the Trump administration.
“But I think at the end of the day, there’s another question, [which] is do you indict a former president? What will that do to the country, what kind of precedent will that set, will the people really understand that this is not, you know, failing to return a library book, that this was serious,” Barr said.
“And so you have to worry about those things, and I hope that those kinds of factors will incline the administration not to indict him, because I don’t want to see him indicted as a former president,” Barr said.
Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in the case, and has reiterated his stance that the documents in his possession had been declassified by him before he left the White House.