Former Attorney General William Barr stated the Department of Justice seems to be aggressively wanting into former President Donald Trump and people near him over their roles within the Jan. 6 assault.
Barr, who served as legal professional common from February 2019 by December 2020, weighed in on the DOJ investigation into the lethal Capitol riot throughout an interview with CBS News’ Catherine Herridge on Friday.
Barr stated that based mostly on a federal grand jury’s latest subpoenas of high Trump administration officers, it looks like prosecutors are “taking a hard look” at Trump and people round him relating to their actions associated to the Jan. 6 assault.
“It definitely is a significant event. It changes my view of what’s been going on,” Barr stated. “This suggests to me that they’re taking a hard look at the group at the top, including the president and the people immediately around him who were involved in this.”
He additionally predicted to Herridge that prosecutors are “going to try to get a ruling on the issue of executive privilege” after former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone was reportedly subpoenaed by the Justice Department final week.
He described stories of Cipollone’s subpoena as “the most significant.”
“He has the strongest claim to executive privilege as the counsel to the office of the president,” Barr stated. “That’s sort of the biggest mountain for them to climb, and the fact that they lead off with that, to me, suggests that they want a definitive resolution — not only on Cipollone — but you know, this would affect [former White House chief of staff Mark] Meadows and some of the other people, too.”
The former legal professional common, who helped sow unwarranted doubts about the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election outcomes, beforehand informed the House committee investigating the occasions of Jan. 6 that Trump’s election fraud claims have been “bullshit” and “detached from reality.”
Speaking to Herridge final week, Barr stopped in need of saying there’d be a method to show “beyond a reasonable doubt” that Trump engaged in felony conduct.
“After the last set of hearings I said, personally, if this is what there is, as attorney general I still don’t see that as a sufficient basis to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime was committed by the president,” Barr stated.
You can watch Barr’s interview with CBS News under.