Former AG Barr slams ‘pathetically weak’ legal theory behind Trump indictment: ‘An abomination’

Bill Barr: Trump indictment is an abomination

Former Attorney General Bill Barr’s response to An indictment of former President Trump on the alleged 2016 money silence scandal on Friday, calling it “abominable”.

A grand jury indicted Trump on Thursday. He is the first former president in US history to be impeached.

Barr appeared on Fox Business to discuss the indictment with host Larry Kudlow.

“Obviously, we don’t have the indictment, so there’s a bit of speculation,” Barr began. “But based on the news reports, if it’s accurate, it’s distasteful.”

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William Barr, US Attorney General, speaks during a roundtable discussion with federal, state and local officials, not pictured, at the US Attorney's Office in Atlanta, Georgia, US, on Monday, September 21, 2020.

William Barr, US Attorney General, speaks during a roundtable discussion with federal, state and local officials, not pictured, at the US Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, Georgia, US, on Monday, September 21, 2020. (Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

He said “It’s an example of abuse by the Public Prosecution Service to bring a case that won’t be brought against anyone else. They’re after the man and it’s not a crime. And the legal theory is, frankly, pathetically weak.”

“They’re after the man, not the crime. And the legal theory is, frankly, pathetically weak.”

Former Attorney General Bill Barr

The former attorney general researched the legal arguments he was likely to present Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

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

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Former US President Donald Trump speaks during a 2024 election campaign rally in Waco, Texas, March 25, 2023.

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Barr added, “They assume the payments were a campaign finance violation because they were an active contribution to the Trump campaign. I can tell you that’s not the law. I don’t think that’s how the Justice Department is going to look at it.” .

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office, Alvin Bragg, has been investigating the alleged money silence scandal for years. The alleged payments include $130,000 awarded to Stormy Daniels, as well as $150,000 awarded to former Playboy model Karen McDougal.

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Former US President Donald Trump speaks to the media during an Election Night event at Mar-a-Lago on November 8, 2022 in Palm Beach, Florida.  Trump spoke as the nation awaited the results of voting in the midterm elections.

Former US President Donald Trump speaks to the media during an Election Night event at Mar-a-Lago on November 8, 2022 in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump spoke as the nation awaited the results of voting in the midterm elections. (Photo by Joe Riedel/Getty Images)

president Biden declined to comment on the indictment when asked about it on Friday.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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