Former Attorney General William Barr acknowledged on Friday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) likely has a “basis for legitimately indicting” former President Trump for taking documents which were labelled “secret” and “top secret” from The White House to Mar-A-Lago.
Barr said down for an interview with PBS’s Margaret Hoover on “Firing Line” where he told Hoover that the DOJ has sufficient evidence to indict Trump should they decide to do so.
Barr said during an interview with Fox News in September that in his opinion, the DOJ were “getting very close” to accruing enough evidence for an indictment, but he was unsure if this was a good idea due to the precedent it would set.
Barr said that if Trump did commit a crime, then he should face consequences for it.
“If the Department of Justice can show that these were indeed very sensitive documents, which I think they probably were, and also show that the president consciously was involved in misleading the department, deceiving the government, and playing games after he had received the subpoena for the documents, those are serious charges,” Barr said.
When asked if the DOJ should indict Trump, Barr said that Attorney General Merrick Garland would have to analyze the evidence and facts along with what effect an indictment would have on both the country and the office of the Presidency before making a decision.
Meanwhile, Trump said on Friday that he wouldn’t be cooperating with the DOJ’s investigations.
“I have been going through this for six years — for six years I have been going through this, and I am not going to go through it anymore,” Trump said during an interview with Fox News Digital. “And I hope the Republicans have the courage to fight this.”
“I am not going to partake in it,” Trump added. “I’m not going to partake in this.”
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