‘They are going after the man, not a crime’: Bill Barr speaks out on Trump’s indictment

Former U.S. Attorney General William Barr called Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s indictment of former President Donald Trump in the “pathetically weak” case involving so-called “hush-money” payments to pornstar Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal an “abomination.”

“Obviously, we don’t have the indictment, so there’s a little bit of speculation involved,” Barr told Fox Business’s Larry Kudlow on Friday, “but based on the news reports, if they’re accurate, this is an abomination.”

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“It’s the epitome of the abuse of prosecutorial power to bring a case that would not be brought against anyone else,” he said. “They are going after the man, not a crime. And the legal theory, frankly, is pathetically weak.”

“The case is held together by chicken wire and paperclips and rubberbands,” he stated. “It’s a lousy case. And it’s a shameful episode in our history, where this local prosecutor is trying to affect the political process by bringing this case.”

With his remarks, Barr joins scores of lawmakers and legal experts who have put Bragg on blast for what they say is a politically-motivated attempt to take down the leading 2024 GOP candidate and the biggest threat to a second term for President Biden.

As BizPac Review reported, legal icon Alan Dershowitz — a loud, proud liberal — has called Bragg’s indictment of the former President “a foolish, foolish decision” and predicted that “the case [will] be thrown out… on statute of limitations grounds.”

Barr, too, ripped into the legal arguments that Bragg’s office is likely to make and said he’s “still trying to figure out” the legal theory behind it.

“The claim is that [recording the Cohen reimbursements as legal payments] is false and therefore violated a misdemeanor statute in the first instance against false documents,” he said. “I actually don’t think that’s a valid claim in this case, because the statute actually requires that it be done with the intent to defraud.”

“They’re assuming that the payments were a campaign finance violation because they were effectively a contribution to the Trump campaign,” he continued. “I can tell you that’s not the law. I don’t think that’s how the Justice Department would view it.”

“Payments of hush money to keep affairs and things like that secret are not inherently unlawful,” he added. “I think it’s a weak case altogether.”

But, weak or not, Barr thinks Bragg’s move will succeed in serving a nefarious “purpose.”

“Unfortunately, I think it’s going to accomplish what I think is its political purpose, which is to inject chaos into the Republican process,” he said. “I actually think, probably the governing intent here is to help Trump and have all the news focused on this kind of stuff for the next couple of years and turn the Republican primary into a circus.”

“I think there are some Democrats who would like to drive him from the political scene completely because of Trump Derangement Syndrome, and they consider him very dangerous and so forth,” he continued. “But I actually think that most Democrats who get involved in this kind of thing, they actually want to run against Trump because they think, whether they are right or wrong — people can debate — but they think they can beat him.”

“So they are actually trying to help him,” he surmised, “by generating the support of his base, and they feel that that will generate their own turnout. So, they are essentially playing for a repeat of the 2020 election.”


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