Former Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday issued a scathing critique of a judge’s decision to grant Donald Trump’s request for a “special master” to review the documents federal agents seized from the former president’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
Barr’s anti-Trump broadside in the classified documents drama is escalating the scrutiny of trump-appointed U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, who inexplicably put the brakes on the investigation.
“The opinion, I think, was wrong, and I think the government should appeal it,” Barr told Fox News. “It’s deeply flawed in a number of ways.”
But Barr argued the special master appointment — even if it goes through — won’t affect the outcome of the probe, apart from delaying it.
“The fundamental dynamics of the case are set, which is the government has very strong evidence of what it really needs to determine whether charges are appropriate,” Barr said.
Barr explained that the Justice Department does not need to show the content of the seized records “in order to prevail in this case.”
Justice Department officials reportedly found classified information when they searched Trump’s Florida resort on Aug. 8, even though the former president’s team had asserted they had returned all such records. This stands regardless of the special master appointment, Barr explained.
Agents also reportedly found a top-secret document citing a foreign government’s nuclear capabilities, according to multiple reports.
The Justice Department has not signaled whether it will appeal the judge’s decision.
Watch Bill Barr’s interview below:
Bill Barr on Fox News on Judge Cannon's special master ruling: "The opinion I think was wrong, and I think the government should appeal it." pic.twitter.com/69lvq0Hr9W
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