Bill Barr Trump’s indictment held together by chicken wire slams his legal theory as pathetically weak
Former Attorney General Bill Barr said he believes indicting former President Trump for his alleged involvement in the 2016 secret money scandal was ‘an abomination’ and ‘the epitome of abuse power to prosecute”.
Trump made history as the first ex-president in US history to be indicted.
Barr explained that the legal theory behind the indictment was “pathetically weak” and that the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office was “prosecuting the man, not a crime.”
“Obviously we don’t have the indictment, so there’s a bit of speculation, but from the reports, if it’s accurate, it’s an abomination,” Barr said on FoxNews.
“It is the epitome of the abuse of prosecutorial power to bring an action that would not be brought against anyone else. They’re going after the man, not a crime. And legal theory, frankly, is pathetically weak,” he suggested.
Former Attorney General Bill Barr called Trump’s indictment “an abomination” and “the epitome of prosecutorial abuse of power”
“Legal theory is pathetically weak. The case is held together by wire netting, paper clips and rubber bands. It’s a dirty business. And it’s a shameful episode in our history where this local prosecutor is trying to affect the political process by bringing this case,’ Barr railed.
He elaborated on the legal arguments that are likely to be made, noting that the case likely revolved around how Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, recorded refunds paid to him by Trump as a “legal payment “.
Barr explained how the law requires such misclassification of funds to be done with intent to defraud, which may not be the case in this situation.
‘The claim is that [recording the Cohen reimbursements as legal payments] is false and therefore violated a tort law in the first instance against false documents,” Barr said.
“Actually, I don’t think it’s a valid claim in this case, because the law actually requires it to be done with the intent to defraud. But I don’t understand the basis for an allegation of fraud.
Former President Trump’s legal team went on the offensive Friday after his landmark indictment, vowing the former president would never seek a plea deal and was ready to ‘fight on’
Barr also disagreed with the claim that the payments were a violation of campaign finance because they were actually a contribution to the Trump campaign.
“They assume the payments were a violation of campaign finance because they were in fact a contribution to the Trump campaign. I can tell you that is not the law. I don’t think that’s how the Justice Department would view it,’ Barr added.
“Silent money payments to keep affairs and things like that secret aren’t inherently illegal,” Barr explained.
‘I think it’s a weak case all together. Unfortunately, I think he will accomplish his political goal of injecting chaos into the Republican process. I think the government’s intent here is probably to help Trump and focus all the news on this stuff for the next two years and turn the Republican primary into a circus.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office has been investigating the alleged secret money scandal for years, which includes payments of $130,000 to Daniels and $150,000 to former Playboy model Karen McDougal.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office has been investigating the alleged secret money scandal for years
The case against Donald Trump revolves around silent payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who says she went on a date
President Joe Biden has dodged questions from reporters about indicting the Republican who he beat in 2020 and who could potentially face again in November next year.
“I have no comment on Trump,” Biden said.
Trump’s legal team went on the offensive Friday after his landmark indictment, vowing the former president would never seek a plea deal and was prepared to ‘fight’ any charges.
Trump, 76, who hopes to retake the White House in 2024, has launched attacks on the prosecutors who brought the charges against him and even the judge expected to hear the case.
“ELECTORAL INTERFERENCE, KANGAROO COURT! Trump posted on his Truth Social social media platform, adding that Juan Manuel Marchal, the judge who could preside over a possible trial, “hates me.”
Trump is to be booked, fingerprinted and have his photo ID taken at a Manhattan courthouse on Tuesday afternoon before appearing before a judge as the first US president to face criminal charges.
“The president won’t be handcuffed,” said Joe Tacopina, one of Trump’s attorneys, adding that he doesn’t think prosecutors “will allow this to become a circus.”
Tacopina said the silence case brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg against Trump faces “significant legal issues” and the former president will plead not guilty.
There’s “zero” chance Trump will accept a plea deal, he told NBC’s Today show. ‘It’s not going to happen. There is no crime.
Trump, who is currently at his lavish Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida, was initially “shocked” by the indictment, his attorney said, but “he is now in the position that he’s ready to fight it.”
Predicting his indictment, Trump called for protests and warned it could lead to “potential death and destruction” to the country.
And in a statement, the ex-president said he had already raised $4 million for his 2024 presidential campaign within 24 hours of the indictment being announced.