If you think former President Donald Trump was unhappy with former Attorney General Bill Barr before, then you haven’t seen anything yet.
According to The Hill, Barr recently took issue, publicly, with Trump’s request for a special master to review the documents seized by the FBI at Mar-a-Lago last month — a request granted by Trump-appointed U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon on Tuesday.
Barr isn’t a fan of the idea of a special master at this phase of the process, and called the ruling “deeply flawed.”
He doubled down in saying that he believes President Joe Biden’s Justice Department should appeal the ruling. Many believe that will happen at some point.
Barr says it was “wrong”
During a Fox News interview with host Martha MacCallum, Barr held nothing back as he excoriated the federal judge.
“The opinion was wrong, and I think the government should appeal it,” the former Trump AG said.
Barr added: “It’s deeply flawed in a number of ways. I don’t think the appointment of a special master is going to hold up, but even if it does, I don’t see it fundamentally changing the trajectory” of the case.
Barr was one of many talking heads over the past week offering their opinion on whether the ruling was appropriate, with many on the left accusing the judge of playing favorites, given that Trump had appointed her to the federal bench.
Bill Barr on Fox News on Judge Cannon’s special master ruling: “The opinion I think was wrong, and I think the government should appeal it.” pic.twitter.com/69lvq0Hr9W
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Barr, among others, believes that a criminal indictment against Trump is not out of the realm of possibility, but questioned whether or not the DOJ wants to go that far, given the ramifications of charging a former president at a time when half of the country — Trump supporters — have already been demonized by the current administration.
“Even if they can technically make the case, there’s another step, which is, prudentially, do they want to do it?” Barr said. “I hope they don’t do it.”
Only time will tell where the case goes from here, but many experts believe if criminal charges are coming, they will be delayed until after the 2022 midterm elections.