Trump Charged With Obstruction Of Justice?
During an interview on Sunday, Bill Barr, the former Attorney General, stated that the investigators looking into the possible mishandling of classified documents by ex-President Trump may possess substantial evidence that Trump made an effort to prevent authorities from obtaining the documents following his departure from the White House.
According to Barr, the case against Trump hinges on the duration it took for the government to retrieve the materials, as this factor will have a considerable impact.
In transcript provided by The Hill, Barr stated, “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 added, “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.”
On Sunday, Barr reiterated that among all the legal problems confronting Trump, the investigation into the mishandling of classified documents was the one that he should be most worried about.
Barr stated his belief that Trump was probable to face an indictment in the mishandling of classified documents case before the materials were found at the residences of President Biden and ex-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,” Barr added.
Special Counsel Jack Smith is investigating Trump’s actions regarding classified documents. The inquiry was launched after the August 2022 search of Trump’s Florida Mar-a-Lago resort.
After the search, numerous Republicans rapidly criticized federal law enforcement agents, contending that the search was an unparalleled assault on a former president and indicating that it signaled the politicization of the justice system. Barr countered such assertions.