“For (the authorities) to get to where they are today, they probably have good evidence,” said William Barr, a former attorney general under Trump.
The Secretary of Justice of the administration of Donald Trump, Mr William Barrestimated yesterday Friday that the FBI investigation at the home of the former US president seems justified and that authorities appear to have “good” evidence that he attempted to obstruct the federal investigation against him.
The statements by Barr, who has turned from a supporter of Trump into a critic of him, were made after the FBI operation on August 8 at the residence of the former president at Mar-a-Lago, Florida, which caused a political storm. In the course of it, classified documents were located and seized that the Republican should not have taken with him when he left the White House.
“For (authorities) to get to where they are today, they probably have good evidence,” Barr told Fox News.
He also stressed: “No, I can’t think of a good reason why they should have been removed from the government or could be removed from the government if they are classified” documents.
“People say (this investigation) was unprecedented, so it’s also unprecedented for a president to take all this classified information and take it to a country club,” Barr noted.
The former Justice Secretary, despite calling Trump’s behavior “absurd” and “inexplicable,” expressed hope that he would not be prosecuted “given that he is a former president and given the state of our nation.”
Trump responded by posting on his own social media site Truth Social: “Former Attorney General Bill Barr was fired before I left the White House.”
The Republican has countered that he had declassified the documents he took with him to Mar-a-Lago, while he has stated that they were in a secure storage area at his home.
Barr disputed Trump’s claim that he had declassified the documents.
A Justice Department court document yesterday revealed that some of the “top secret” documents seized by the FBI were found in Trump’s office, fueling suspicions that he tried to obstruct the investigation.
According to the detailed list of items seized on August 8, it appears that Trump had kept more than 11,000 classified, government documents in his possession.
US presidents must turn over all their documents and emails to the National Archives when their term ends.
Among the documents seized are 18 classified as “top secret”, 53 “confidential” and 31 “confidential”. Among them, some were found in Trump’s office, among his other personal items, such as books, clothes and newspapers.
FBI agents also found several empty files containing classified documents, which may mean sensitive documents have been lost or destroyed.
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