Bill Barr says the Justice Department likely has evidence to indict Trump

  • Former AG Bill Barr spoke to PBS about the Justice Department’s investigation into documents seized from Mar-a-Lago.
  • Barr said he believes the Justice Department may have enough evidence to indict Donald Trump.
  • He declined to say whether he would have indicted Trump if he were still attorney general.

Former Attorney General Bill Barr said he believes the Justice Department may have enough evidence to indict Donald Trump over his handling of sensitive White House documents.

“I personally think they probably have the basis to legally prosecute the president,” Barr said, referring to Trump, in an interview with PBS that aired Friday.

The attorney stressed that he was speculating, but added that “given what has happened, I think they probably have the evidence to check the box.”

A representative for Trump did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

The interview was filmed before the latest development in the Justice Department’s investigation into Trump’s handling of government documents. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday appointed a special prosecutor to take over the investigations into the former president.

Jack Smith, a veteran federal prosecutor who is registered to vote as an independent, will preside over the investigations into the 2020 election tampering efforts, as well as the documents held by Trump at Mar-a-Lago.

Trump, who on Tuesday announced his plans to run for president in 2024, responded to the appointment of a special counsel to Truth Social, writing that the Justice Department was full of “Trump haters” and calling it “disgraceful.”

Barr, who was once a staunch Trump ally, served as his attorney general from February 2019 to December 2020. The pair had a falling out after the 2020 election, when Barr appeared to say the Justice Department had not found evidence of widespread fraud that would have affected the election result, publicly rebuking Trump’s claims. He resigned weeks later.

Barr has since continued to rebuke Trump, saying in September that the Justice Department was probably justified in attacking Mar-a-Lago. Trump lashed out in response, calling Barr a “weak and pathetic RINO,” or Republicans in Name Only.

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