Former Attorney General Bill Barr said Friday that helium suspects Democrats are pushing the indictment of erstwhile President Trump to assistance him triumph the 2024 Republican information successful the hopes that Trump's ineligible baggage volition descend him successful the wide election.
"I deliberation the impetus is truly to assistance Trump get the nomination, absorption the attraction connected him for 2 years, person this happening swirling around, positive immoderate other comes which I deliberation volition beryllium damaging to whoever gets the nomination," Barr, 1 of Trump's attorneys general, said Friday astatine the National Review Institute Ideas Summit.
Barr mostly dismissed the Trump indictment arsenic a politically motivated event.
"We don't cognize precisely what's there. But judging from the quality reports … it's the archetypal maltreatment of the prosecutorial relation to prosecute successful a governmental deed job," helium said.
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Former U.S. Attorney General William Barr. (Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
"And it's a disgrace if … it turns retired to beryllium what we deliberation it is. Politically, it’s going to beryllium damaging, I think, to the Republican Party, simply because, I think, it's a no-lose concern for the Democrats," helium said.
"And legally, I deliberation … from what I understand, it's a pathetically anemic case," Barr added.
Barr appeared on with Andrew McCarthy, a erstwhile U.S. Assistant Attorney for the Southern District of New York and senior chap astatine the National Review Institute.
Trump was indicted aft Manhattan District Attorney Alivn Bragg had been investigating Trump for hush wealth payments made starring up to the 2016 statesmanlike election.
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Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg ((Photo by ALEX KENT/AFP via Getty Images))
Bragg has been investigating the $130,000 hush wealth outgo made to big movie histrion Stormy Daniels and the $150,000 outgo made to erstwhile Playboy model Karen McDougal.
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Federal prosecutors successful the Southern District of New York opted retired of charging Trump related to the Stormy Daniels outgo successful 2019. The Federal Election Commission besides tossed its probe into the substance successful 2021.
Donald Trump is the archetypal erstwhile president to beryllium indicted connected transgression charges. ( SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images))
Trump has repeatedly denied wrongdoing with respect to the payments made to Daniels and McDougal, and helium has repeatedly said the payments were "not a run violation," but alternatively a "simple backstage transaction."
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He is expected to beryllium arraigned successful tribunal connected Tuesday, a instrumentality enforcement root has told Fox News.
Brianna Herlihy is simply a authorities writer for Fox News Digital.