Former President Donald Trump blasted William Barr for criticizing him during a recent interview with Fox News. Donald Trump blasted the former Attorney General saying he had no guts.
Barr’s comments at this interview on Friday afternoon were related to the FBI’s raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home last month. The Department of Justice had claimed that they recovered classified documents and government records belonging to the National Archives.
Barr dismissed Trump’s legal team’s request for the appointment of a special master to review the items that the FBI seized from Trump’s home. Barr said it was more or less a “red herring.”
Barr asserted that Trump’s team does not need a special master to identify documents relating to his private communications with his lawyers as there does not seem to be much to it.
Though Trump has also insisted that the documents the FBI claimed to seize have been declassified, Barr dismissed him. Barr argued that the documents belong to the government because they are government records. He added that they are subject to executive privilege even if classified, and all those documents belong in the National archives.
He added, “And any other documents that were seized, like news clippings and other things that were in the boxes containing the classified information, those were seizable under the warrant because they show the conditions under which the classified information was being held. So, I think it’s a red herring.”
Moreso, Barr asserted that Trump had not taken out the documents for legitimate purposes. He mentioned that he did not believe Trump’s claim to have declassified all those documents. He further stated that declassifying all of those documents would have been an abuse of the presidential power and a show of recklessness on Trump’s side. Read more