Barr believes Trump was "totally wrong" and is in serious legal trouble
A federal grand jury has indicted former president Donald Trump on 37 counts related to his retention of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate. The grand jury found that Trump unlawfully, and recklessly retained these documents. The potential crimes considered in this investigation include conspiracy to obstruct justice, willful retention of documents, and making false statements.
On Tuesday, June 13, shortly before 3:00 PM, former President Trump was arrested by deputy U.S. Marshals at the Federal District Court in Miami. After their arrest, Trump and his aide, Walt Nuata, underwent formal booking procedures. The former president entered a plea of not guilty.
This is the first time in U.S. history that a U.S. president has faced federal criminal charges.
Former U.S. Attorney General Trump Appointee Comments on Indictment
Former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr - appointed under the administration of George H.W. Bush and the Trump administration - appeared on Fox News Sunday on June 11, two days before Trump's arrest. A Fox News Journalist asked Barr what his thoughts on the matter were. Barr was quick to establish a clear background into the indictment, as to remove any false rhetoric, stating “It started out under the presidential records act and the archives trying to receive documents that Trump has no right to have.”
Even Barr, who proclaimed to have defended Trump in separate instances where Trump was attacked by opponents, was shocked by the severity of the situation.
“I was shocked by the degree of sensitivity of these documents and how many there were honestly.”
Barr went on to state his agreement with the charges, as well as what they mean for Trump. “The counts under the espionage act that he willfully retained those documents are solid counts,” he goes on, “If even half of it’s true then he’s toast.”
Barr added, “This idea of presenting Trump as a victim here or the victim of a witch hunt is ridiculous… This is much different. He is not a victim here. He is totally wrong that he had a right to have those documents.”