Former Attorney General William Barr argued Wednesday that the charges against former President Donald Trump were “not abuse.”
After securing 37 indictments against Trump in June based on an alleged investigation into classified documents, Special Counsel Jack Smith said: Secured four prosecutions.Trump to face arraignment in federal court in Washington DC on August 3 (Related article: ‘This is a big deal’: Alan Dershowitz says Jack Smith could be indicted if Trump wins)
“I think it’s a legitimate case. I think there’s a question of proof, unlike a document case. It’s a more complicated case, and I think there are some downsides,” Barr said. told Caitlan Collins, a former reporter for the Daily Caller. “I think there are reasons not to bring it in. As I said before, I am a little concerned about the slippery slope of legal political activity being criminalized.”
Legal experts said many of the acts Smith claimed to be criminal in the indictment appear to be protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said the indictment attacked not only the First Amendment, but also the rights of attorneys under President Trump’s Sixth Amendment.
“I worry about going in that direction. “It’s about the Hunter Biden investigation,” Barr continued, because the department appears to be in decline at the same time it’s being raised. “It will be very difficult to convince many Republicans that this is not political.”
“I could have exercised my discretion and not proceeded with the case,” Barr added. “I am also concerned that this incident will progress during the election and that people will be distracted from the election issue. As a matter of fact, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with prosecution, I don’t think it’s abuse, because the Justice Department is weaponizing the Justice Department by filing a lawsuit against the President for conspiracy to subvert the election process. We are not acting on
Hunter Biden pleaded not guilty to all charges after a plea deal fell apart on July 26 when U.S. District Judge Merielen Noreika rejected both the original deal and a more limited amendment. Congressional Republicans, 2024 Republican presidential nominees, and legal experts all pleaded not guilty. Some criticized the plea deal announced on June 20, calling it the “lover deal.”
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