Former Attorney General Bill Barr on Friday justified the FBI’s raid last month of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.
Speaking on Fox News’ “America Reports,” he justified the raid by claiming that Trump had “jerked around” the FBI by being deceptive about the allegedly classified documents that were at his home.
“I think the driver on this from the beginning was the, you know, loads of classified information sitting in Mar-a-Lago. People say this was unprecedented. Well, it’s also unprecedented for a president to take all this classified information and put it in a country club, OK,” he said.
“And how long is the government gonna try to get that back, you know? They jawboned for a year, they were deceived on the voluntary actions taken, they then went and got a subpoena, they were deceived on that, and the facts are starting to show that they were being jerked around. And so how long do they wait?”
It’s not clear when and how exactly Trump “deceived” anyone.
According to a timeline of events, the drama started in January when Trump willingly allowed the National Archives and Records Administration to retrieve 15 boxes of documents from Mar-a-Lago.
Classified documents were found in some of the boxes and for some reason, this spurred the FBI to launch an investigation. Keep in mind again that Trump had voluntarily handed over the boxes.
Months later in June, Trump allowed a team of FBI agents to review certain items that were being stored in a room at his home. Concerned about the safety of the items, the agents requested that Trump use a stronger lock to protect the room. Trump reportedly complied.
Two months later, the FBI raided his home.
During his appearance on Fox News, Barr also dismissed the need for a special master and cast doubt on Trump’s claim that he’d previously declassified the allegedly classified documents that were found at his home.
Watch the full discussion below:
The discussion began with Barr dismissing the need for a special master.
“I think the whole idea of a special master is a bit of a red herring. The only documents that have been taken, it seems to me, that there’s a legitimate concern about keeping away from the government and insulating the government from, would be documents relating to his private lawyer communications, him as an individual and as outside lawyers. If there’s stuff like that, fine. Identify it. There doesn’t appear to be much of it. I’m not sure you need a special master to identify it,” he said.
The former AG then cast doubt on Trump’s claim that he’d already declassified the allegedly classified documents that were found at his home.
“I, frankly, am skeptical of this claim that ‘I declassified everything,’ you know, because frankly, I think it’s highly improbable. And second, if in fact he sort of stood over scores of boxes not really knowing what was in them and said ‘I hereby declassify everything in here,’ that would be such an abuse and show such recklessness that it’s almost worse than taking the documents,” Barr said.
He was then asked whether the FBI’s raid was reasonable. He initially responded by establishing some guidelines for determining the right answer.
“I think whether the raid was reasonable under the circumstances, whether there’s in fact a case to be made, and whether or not as a matter of prudential judgment that case should be brought, depend on two questions: the character of those top secret documents and secret documents, how sensitive were they, and how raw is the evidence of deceit and obstruction. Do they have really good evidence from people who are involved?” he said.
“I personally think for them to have taken things to the current point, they probably have pretty good evidence. But that’s speculation, and until we see that, it’s hard to say,” Barr added.
Then, and only then, did he drop his opinion about Trump having “jerked around” the FBI.
Neither Trump nor his supporters took kindly to any of Barr’s thoughts:
Bill Barr is everywhere, trashing his former boss. But he waited a long time to leave the president he now detests. I regret he has become another virtually unhinged, obsessed, disgruntled former employee. Now he’s even defending the FBI’s raid of Trump’s home. Pathetic.
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) September 2, 2022
Former AG Barr is simply wrong to conclude Trump had any classified records. In fact, he is wrong to conclude Trump had anything other than personal records. The Biden raid on Trump’s home was illegitimate.
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) September 3, 2022
Barr is a disgusting traitor with zero integrity.
— Ultra MAGA- G-Trump is my President (@LEOwife122) September 2, 2022
Like Mitch McConnell, Bill Barr is a bitter disappointment!
— Dee Ann Burns (@DeeAnnBembry) September 3, 2022
Bill Barr has become another RINO.
— NRoe (@therealnroe) September 2, 2022
Trump, meanwhile, published posts late Saturday to his social media network, Truth Social, slamming his former AG for being a “weak and pathetic RINO.”
“Former A.G. Bill Barr was fired long before I left the White House on January 20th. He acted very slowly on the ‘No Collusion’ Mueller Report in that the FBI and ‘Justice’ had the ‘Laptop from Hell’ in their possession, which totally exonerated me long before Mueller’s decision came out, years later – A waste of time & money. The Laptop information should have been released BEFORE the Rigged Election, not after it, for the VOTERS TO SEE. He was petrified of the lunatic Dems & of being Impeached!” he wrote.
“Bill Barr had ‘no guts,’ and got ‘no glory.’ He was a weak and pathetic RINO, who was so afraid of being Impeached that he became a captive to the Radical Left Democrats – ‘Please, please, please don’t impeach me,’ he supposedly said. Barr never fought the way he should have for Election Integrity, and so much else. He started off OK as A.G., but faded fast – Didn’t have courage or stamina. People like that will never Make America Great Again!”
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