Former Attorney General William Barr unloaded on former President Donald Trump during an interview on Sunday, he focused on Trump’s alleged criminal behavior and his continued conduct.
Barr made the remarks while doing an interview on CBS News’s “Face The Nation” when he was discussing the federal indictment against the president and two other criminal cases.
Trump had previously cut loose on Barr after he gave an unfavorable analysis of the legal situation that Trump faces. Trump called Barr “a slob,” “a stupid person,” “a coward,” “a low life,” and a “gutless pig.”
The former attorney general said that it was true that Trump “has been the victim of unfair witch hunts in the past.”
“But that doesn’t obviate the fact that he’s also a fundamentally flawed person who engages in reckless conduct, and that leads to situations, calamitous situations like this, which are very destructive and hurt any political cause he’s associated with,” Barr said. “And this was a case, entirely of his own making. He had no right to those documents. The government tried for over a year, quietly and with respect, to get them back, which was essential that they do, and he jerked them around.”
Barr also said that the former president had “no legal basis” to retain the documents, and he believes Trump lied to the Department of Justice.
Barr noted the criminal obstruction charges against Trump are “very strong” because “a lot of the evidence comes from his own lawyers.”
When he was asked about Trump’s sentence if he’s convicted, Barr did not give a direct answer but did say, “I don’t like the idea of a former president serving time in prison.”
“Trump has many good qualities, and he accomplished some good things,” Barr said a few moments later. “But the fact of the matter is, he is a consummate narcissist. And he constantly engages in reckless conduct that puts his political followers at risk and the conservative and Republican agenda at risk.”
Barr concluded by saying that Trump “will always put his own interests, and gratifying his own ego, ahead of everything else, including the country’s interest, there’s no question about it.”
As much as I disliked Bill Barr, he hit the nail on the head with his statements about Trump on Face The Nation:
"He will always put his own interests and gratifying his own ego ahead of everything else, including the country's interests. There’s no question about it. This is a… pic.twitter.com/BHixoghgP9
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) June 19, 2023