(GoRealNewsNow.com) – Former President Donald Trump’s Attorney General, Bill Barr, who has turned on his former boss, just declared that it was likely that “very good evidence” of obstruction is available against Trump in the case of his alleged mishandling of classified US government documents.
Barr, who served as US Attorney General from February 2019 until December 2020, after holding the job from 1991-1993 under then-President George H.W. Bush, has been at odds with Trump since before leaving office.
Speaking on the ABC News program “This Week” on Sunday, Barr declared that the investigators’ evidence into Trump’s potential mishandling of classified papers probably had shown that the former president tried to prevent the US government from taking the documents he had removed from the White House.
Some 100 classified records were allegedly discovered at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home on August 8, 2022, during an unprecedented 10-hour FBI raid.
According to the former attorney general, one of the decisive factors in the case against Trump would be how much time the US authorities spent to get back the classified papers.
“He had no claim to those documents, especially the classified documents. They belonged to the government. And so, I think he was jerking the government around. And they subpoenaed it. And they tried to jawbone him into delivering documents,” Barr stated.
“But the government is investigating the extent to which games were played, and there was obstruction in keeping documents from them. And I think that’s a serious potential case. I think they probably have some very good evidence there,” he elaborated.
The former highest US prosecutor argued that of all his legal troubles, former President Trump should “be most concerned about” the classified documents investigation.
Barr revealed that he had thought that Trump would probably be indicted in that case before classified records were also found in possession of President Joe Biden and former Vice President Mike Pence.
“And I still think there’s a very good chance of that because — and I think it depends on how sensitive the documents were, but also what evidence they have of obstruction and games-playing by the president and the — and whether he directed people to lie or gave them information that was deceitful to pass onto the government,” the former attorney general explained.
Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified papers is being investigated by Justice Department Special Counsel Jack Smith, who is also investigating whether the former president tried to overturn the results from the 2020 election.
In his comments on Sunday, former AG Barr also said the financial crimes case, in which Trump was already indicted and arraigned at the initiative of Manhattan’s Democrat DA, Alvin Bragg, was less serious than the classified documents probe.
“I think it’s an unjust case. That’s not to say that every legal challenge that the president faces is unjustified,” Barr concluded.
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— The Hill (@thehill) April 9, 2023