According to former Attorney General Bill Barr, the case New York City case against former President Donald Trump does not have “any merit and is “transparently an abuse of prosecutorial power to accomplish a pollical end.”
However, Barr maintains the other investigations against Trump, including the one involving classified documents held at the former president’s Florida Mar-a-Lago estate remain troubling, according to the former AG.
“That is not to say that every legal challenge that the president faces is unjustified, but his one especially is.”
Last week, the former president pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of business records falsification. However, Barr said the falsification of business records is a crime if it comprises a portion a fraudulent scheme.
“I don’t see anywhere specified in here exactly what the fraud was,” said Barr. “These were his own business records. He was paying himself the hush money and the business records are his own company. He’s the owner of the company. I don’t see he was defrauded.”
There were plenty of a “host of other problems” which were related to do with the statute of limitations in the case, along with District Attorney of Manhattan Alvin Bragg’s “failure to specify exactly what the other crime that was being commited that makes this a felony,” Barr said.
Additionally, Trump maintains the information released by Bragg remains “very opaque.”
“I think if he has a good case, he would specify exactly what his case is,” Barr said. “He is trying to hide the ball I think it is unfortunate.
Barr maintains the case “may accomplish its purpose, which is to get into the middle of the Republican primary process,” and continued, “savvy Democrat strategists know this is going to help Trump.”
“They want him to be the nominee because he is the weakest of the Republican candidates and most likely to lose again to [Joe] Biden,” said Barr.
The former attorney general also spoke against former President Trump’s attacks on Manhattan AG Alvin Bragg as well as Justice Juan Merchan and family. He said he doesn’t believe the language is “appropriate or wise.”
According to Barr, “The president notoriously lacks self-control, and he frequently gets himself into trouble with these midnight tweets and other things.”
Last week, Bragg defended his office’s case against former President Trump and said it was his “solemn responsibility” to hold up his accountability in the “business capital of the world.”
According to the reporters, “We regularly bring cases involving false business statements,” said Bragg to the computers. The bedrock of the basis for business integrity and all functioning is remain.