Former Attorney General Bill Barr on Sunday expressed his astonishment at the charges against former President Donald Trump under the Espionage Act, stating that the charges against Trump were extensive and damning, indicating potentially severe consequences for the former president.
In an interview on Fox News, Barr was questioned about the argument put forth by Trump’s allies and legal team, suggesting that the Presidential Records Act should have been applied instead of the Espionage Act and other federal statutes.
Initially, Barr explained that the investigation began with the intent to retrieve documents from Trump that he was not entitled to possess under the Presidential Records Act. However, as the probe progressed, it became apparent that the government’s primary concern centered around classified and highly sensitive documents.
Barr admitted to being taken aback by the level of sensitivity associated with these documents and the significant quantity involved. Consequently, the government’s objective shifted towards safeguarding and removing these materials from Trump’s possession.
Barr also emphasized that this course of action was both justifiable and necessary and noted that the charges filed under the Espionage Act, alleging that Trump knowingly retained these documents, were solid.
Reflecting on the situation, Barr acknowledged the severity of the indictment and echoed the sentiment expressed by Andy McCarthy, stating that if even half of the allegations were accurate, Trump’s situation would be dire, saying “he’s toast.”
Watch the interview below:
Trump’s former Attorney General Bill Barr:
“I think the counts under the Espionage Act … are solid counts … If even half of it is true, then he’s toast. It’s a very detailed indictment, and it’s very, very damning.” pic.twitter.com/DleBOaPw4f
— The Recount (@therecount) June 11, 2023