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Former Attorney General William Barr unloaded on former President Donald Trump during an interview on Sunday over the former president’s conduct and alleged criminal behavior.
Barr made the remarks during an interview on CBS News’s “Face The Nation” while discussing the federal indictment against the president and two other criminal cases.
Barr’s remarks come after Trump attacked Barr a week ago after Barr 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, who served under Trump and former President George H.W. Bush, 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 said the former president had “no legal basis” to retain the documents, and he believes Trump lied to the Department of Justice.
Barr said the criminal obstruction charges against Trump are “very strong” because “a lot of the evidence comes from his own lawyers.”
The former attorney general strongly disputed Trump’s idea that he should be shielded by the Presidential Records Act, saying that the “whole purpose” of the statute, which was passed after the Watergate scandal, was “to stop presidents from taking official documents out of the White House.”
When 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 said 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.”
He said that the entire situation that Trump finds himself in now was “a perfect example of that.”
“He’s like a nine-year-old, defiant nine-year-old kid who’s always pushing the glass toward the edge of the table, defying his parents to stop him from doing it,” Barr said. “It’s a means of self-assertion and exerting his dominance over other people. And he’s a very petty individual who will always put his interests ahead of the country’s, his personal gratification of his ego. But our country can’t be a therapy session for a troubled man like this.”
Barr went on to say he believes Trump will be prosecuted in the federal criminal investigation into his efforts to overturn the 2020 election but cautioned the case will be hard to prosecute due to the First Amendment. He also said that he thinks charges will likely be filed in the criminal investigation in Georgia into the matter, but added that he was skeptical of that case.