Former Attorney General Bill Barr said that his ex-boss “shouldn’t be surprised” at his legal troubles and parroted Democrat talking points about the 2020 election during an interview with Neil Cavuto of Fox News.
The nation’s former top law enforcement official appeared on Thursday’s edition of “Your World” where he discussed the four indictments of former President Donald J. Trump, defending the Justice Department’s prosecutions of the 2024 GOP frontrunner and suggesting that despite the bad blood between the two men, that he could still vote for him next year if he wins the nomination.
(Video: Fox News)
Barr began by opining that the case brought by the politically ambitious Fulton County, Ga. District Attorney Fani Willis was excessive and would only serve to “feed the narrative” that Trump is being persecuted, and that Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg’s Stormy Daniels “hush money case” is just a “political hit job,” but backed both of special counsel Jack Smith’s federal prosecutions.
Barr also told Cavuto that Trump’s actions after the 2020 election leading up to the so-called January 6, 2021 “insurrection” put him on a collision course with the federal justice system and that “no one should be surprised” over the government’s reaction.
“I resigned on December 14 because I thought that at that point the state votes were certified and that was the end of the legal process,” Barr said of his departure from the Trump administration, rejecting claims by the former president that he was fired.
“And I also didn’t like the way he was spouting the Big Lie,” he added, using one of the left’s favorite talking points, a reference to an infamous term coined by Nazi madman Adolf Hitler. “I thought that was irresponsible. But he took it much further than even I expected, or anyone expected. And during this time, he was being told by lawyers in the White House that if he kept on doing this, he would spend the rest of his life tangling with the criminal justice process. And that’s exactly what’s happened. He shouldn’t be surprised and no one else should be surprised.”
“At the end of the day, at the core of this thing, he engaged — in the case of the documents — in outrageous behavior where anyone would be prosecuted. I don’t know of any attorney general who could walk away from it. He’s not being prosecuted for having the documents. He’s being prosecuted for obstruction,” Barr said earlier in the interview.
“Two egregious instances are alleged. So, I think that’s a very simple case and that should be tried. If the judge is anywhere competent, that could be concluded before the summer. And the other case, after the election, he, in my opinion, did cross the line. It wasn’t just rough and tumble politics. He crossed the line,” Barr added.
Trump did listen to his lawyers when he canceled his big press conference next week where he planned to present a report on the 2020 election in Georgia, claiming that it would exonerate him from the charges against him and 18 others in Willis’ case.
“Rather than releasing the Report on the Rigged & Stolen Georgia 2020 Presidential Election on Monday, my lawyers would prefer putting this, I believe, Irrefutable & Overwhelming evidence of Election Fraud & Irregularities in formal Legal Filings as we fight to dismiss this disgraceful Indictment by a publicity & campaign finance seeking D.A., who sadly presides over a record breaking Murder & Violent Crime area, Atlanta. Therefore, the News Conference is no longer necessary!” Trump wrote on Truth Social on Thursday night.
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Despite the bad relationship between the two, Barr wouldn’t completely rule out voting for Trump next year when pressed by Cavuto on what he’d do if the former POTUS is able to navigate the sea of legal troubles and end up as the GOP nominee.
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“I think there are a lot of Republican voters who have a problem and when they’re actually confronted with, they’re grateful for Trump as they should be for a lot of the good things he did, but I think when push comes to shove and they’re thinking about how to make America great again, anger and, you know, will give way to reason and they will see that,” Barr said.
“It’s not happening yet. It’s not happening,” Cavuto responded, asking if he could bring himself to vote for Trump next November.
“Well, I’ve already said I would jump off that bridge when I get to it,” Barr replied, adding, “Well, I have to you know, I’d have to wait and see all the evidence that comes out about his conduct and so forth.”
“But, it’s conceivable Bill Barr could vote for Donald Trump?” Cavuto asked again.
“Well, as I said, I’d jump off that bridge when I get to it,” Barr answered.
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