Former Attorney General William Barr gave his assessment on Friday of the Justice Department’s investigation into former President Donald Trump and last year’s riot at the U.S. Capitol, saying the allegedly incriminating evidence appears accumulate.
Barr was widely considered one of the most loyal members of Trump’s Cabinet, having served as the president’s former attorney general from February 2019 to December 2020. But the former Justice Department chief has been highly critical of the regarding Trump’s actions on January 6, 2021. He has also repeatedly said that Trump’s claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent are “bullshit*t.”
Speaking to CBS News, Barr gave his assessment of the latest reported developments from the Justice Department investigation, and said the recent grand jury subpoenas for senior Trump administration officials are ” significant”.
“It suggests to me that they take a close look at the group at the top, including the president and the people immediately around him who have been involved in this matter,” the legal expert said.
Barr went on to say he thinks “the evidence has definitely piled up” against Trump. However, the former attorney general said what he saw of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack during his public televised hearings has not yet convinced there is enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the former president committed a crime. . He went on to say that the Department of Justice continues to investigate the events of January 6.
“I’m sure what they’re doing is getting deeper and deeper,” he said, referring to the Justice Department. “So I think [Attorney General] Merrick Garland is trying to do here is try to say, ‘Hey, listen, I’m looking at this closely, and if we find a crime, we’ll prosecute it.'”
Newsweek contacted Trump’s press office for comment.
The ex-president insists he did nothing on Jan. 6 or in his efforts to undo President Joe Biden’s election victory. Trump continues to insist that the election was “rigged” or “stolen” from him. He describes all investigations targeting him and his allies as part of a partisan “witch hunt”, while regularly referring to Republicans who speak out against him as “RINO”, an acronym for “Republicans in Name Only”.
Despite Trump’s claims, no evidence has emerged showing the election was fraudulent. On the contrary, dozens of election challenge lawsuits have failed in state and federal courts. Even Trump-appointed judges have dismissed the challenges. Meanwhile, audits and recounts — including in areas where the election was overseen by pro-Trump GOP officials — reaffirmed Biden’s victory.
Barr and a number of other high-profile Republicans from the former president’s administration testified before the House committee to probe Jan. 6. believes this stuff,” Barr told the committee of often bizarre voter fraud conspiracy theories.
Whether Garland actually determines there is enough evidence to press charges against Trump remains to be seen. Such a move would be unprecedented in US history, as no former president has ever faced a criminal indictment. At the same time, the Attorney General said that such a decision is not excluded.
“No one is above the law in this country. I can’t put it any clearer than that,” Garland said in July. His remark came in response to a question about whether the Justice Department would hypothetically indict a former president.