Former Attorney General William Barr connected Tuesday called retired a judge’s determination to assistance erstwhile President Donald Trump’s petition for a “special master” to reappraisal the documents national agents retrieved from Mar-a-Lago estate.
The Department of Justice had opposed the request, saying it had already reviewed astir of the perchance classified records, but U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon ultimately sided with the erstwhile president, ruling the DOJ should temporarily halt utilizing immoderate of the seized documents for its investigation.
“The opinion, I think, was wrong, and I deliberation the authorities should entreaty it,” Barr told Fox News. “It’s profoundly flawed successful a fig of ways.”
The DOJ has not signaled whether it volition entreaty the decision. A spokesperson connected Monday told CNN they are considering “appropriate adjacent steps.”
Barr argued the peculiar maestro assignment — adjacent if it goes done — won’t impact the result of the probe, isolated from delaying it.
“The cardinal dynamics of the lawsuit are set, which is the authorities has precise beardown grounds of what it truly needs to find whether charges are appropriate,” Barr told Fox News.
Barr explained the Justice Department does not request to amusement the contented of the seized records “in bid to prevail successful this case.”
Justice Department officials recovered classified accusation erstwhile they searched Trump’s Florida edifice connected Aug. 8, adjacent though the erstwhile president’s squad had asserted they had returned each specified records. This stands careless of the peculiar maestro appointment, Barr explained.
This is not the archetypal clip Barr has criticized Trump successful caller weeks.
The erstwhile lawyer wide threw acold water connected Trump’s claims that helium had someway declassified documents FBI agents seized from his estate.
“If successful information helium benignant of stood implicit scores of boxes, not truly knowing what was successful them, and said ‘I hereby declassify everything successful here,’ that would beryllium specified an abuse, and ― that shows specified recklessness that it’s astir worse than taking the documents,” Barr said Friday.