Former Attorney General Bill Barr says the real issue in Donald Trump’s prosecution is not a question of whether he had the right to take classified documents, which he described as a sideshow. The real issue, he contends, is what Trump did after he was subpoenaed. He said the former President should have made any arguments about his right to take the documents at that time. Instead, Barr argues, the President “engaged in an outrageous act of obstruction and deception that obstructed that subpoena.”
He added that this is a “serious problem” for Trump and “you cannot defend what he did.” He declared that he does not see persecution in this case and Trump would not have been charged if he had given up the documents when requested. Interviewer Bret Baier then showed a video clip of Trump describing Barr as a coward who is making his critical statements solely because he was fired by the former President.
Bill Barr also appeared on Fox News Sunday with Shannon Bream where he described Donald Trump as “toast.” He told Bream the idea that Trump is being persecuted in a political witch hunt is ridiculous. “I’ve been at his side defending against them when he is a victim. But this is much different. He’s not a victim here,” he added.
The Republican lawyer served as Attorney General under both President Trump and President George HW Bush. His problems with Trump started when the President believed he had not done enough to uncover electoral fraud following his loss at the ballot box in 2020. Trump claims he fired Barr, while the latter insists he resigned. Since that time, the war of words between the two men has become increasingly hostile. Barr described Trump as a “consummate narcissist” who always puts his ego ahead of the country’s interests.
In response to his comments on his legal woes, the former President called his ex-Attorney General a “gutless pig.”