Bill Barr made loads of dubious excuses for Donald Trump when he was attorney general, but he has no defense for the previous president’s Mar-a-Lago document scandal.
Barr appeared on Fox News Friday to comment on the FBI’s detailed inventory of the items it retrieved during last month’s search of the Florida resort.
As an alternative of defending his former boss, Barr mainly called B.S. on all of Trump’s proffered excuses for not returning classified documents to the National Archives.
It began after co-anchor Sandra Smith asked Barr his opinion of Trump’s request for “a special master to independently review this case and what happened.”
“Well, I believe the entire idea of a special master is a little bit of a red herring,” he said. “The one documents which were taken ― it seems to me ― that there’s a legitimate concern about keeping away from the federal government, and insulating the federal government from, can be documents regarding his private lawyer communications ― him as a person and his outside lawyers.
“If there’s stuff like that, high quality. Discover it. There doesn’t look like much of it. I’m undecided you wish a special master to discover it.”
Barr also said he couldn’t “consider a legitimate reason” why Trump must have had possession of the classified documents recovered by the FBI.
The previous attorney general had harsh words about claims made by the Trump camp that the previous president by some means declassified the documents in query, either by tweet or just by a verbal declaration.
“If the truth is he kind of stood over scores of boxes, probably not knowing what was in them, and said ‘I hereby declassify every part in here,’ that will be such an abuse, and ― that shows such recklessness that it’s almost worse than taking the documents,” Barr said.
Bill Barr: “If the truth is he kind of stood over scores of boxes, probably not knowing what was in them and said I hereby declassify every part in here, that will be such an abuse and — that shows such recklessness it’s almost worse than taking the documents.” pic.twitter.com/k1Ejl2EjoH
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) September 2, 2022
Barr also responded to individuals who have criticized the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago search as a gross miscarriage of justice.
“People say this was unprecedented ― well, it’s also unprecedented for a president to take all this classified information and put them in a rustic club, OK?” Barr said.
Considering how much Barr supported Trump’s alleged antics when he was in office, many Twitter blue-checkers were shocked that he’s now apparently willing to burn bridges along with his former boss.