William P. Barr, who served as lawyer common beneath President Donald J. Trump, excoriated his former boss on Sunday for “reckless conduct” that led to Mr. Trump’s indictment on prices of mishandling labeled paperwork, saying that the case was “fully of his personal making.”
Mr. Barr, in an interview with CBS Information’s “Face the Nation,” walked by means of the severity of the costs towards Mr. Trump. He described the previous president’s actions — specified by a 49-page indictment — as dangerous not solely to the nation, but in addition to the Republican Occasion and the conservative motion that Mr. Trump leads.
Mr. Barr additionally attacked Mr. Trump’s character in extraordinary language, describing him as “a consummate narcissist” and a “essentially flawed particular person” who would all the time put his personal ego forward of every thing else. He added that he believed Mr. Trump had lied to the Justice Division in regards to the labeled paperwork in his possession.
“He’s like a defiant 9-year-old child who’s all the time pushing the glass in direction of the sting of the desk, defying his mother and father from stopping him from doing it,” Mr. Barr stated, including that “our nation can’t be a remedy session for a troubled man like this.”
Mr. Trump, who’s accused of illegally retaining labeled paperwork and obstructing efforts to retrieve them after he left workplace, is the primary former president to be charged with federal crimes. He pleaded not guilty final week.
Mr. Barr has turn out to be a vocal critic of the previous president however was as soon as a staunch defender, together with throughout the particular counsel investigation into Mr. Trump’s 2016 marketing campaign’s ties to Russia, which Mr. Barr sought to discredit.
Mr. Trump “has been the sufferer of unfair witch hunts previously,” Mr. Barr stated on Sunday. However, he insisted, the charges in the documents case have been very completely different.
“This was a case fully of his personal making,” Mr. Barr stated. “He had no proper to these paperwork. The federal government tried over a yr, quietly and with respect, to get them again — which it was important that they do — and he jerked them round. And he had no authorized foundation for conserving them.”