In a candid discussion on a national news network, the former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr offered insights into the ongoing legal maneuverings of his previous employer, the ex-President. Barr suggested that the ex-President’s legal strategy to delay proceedings spearheaded by Special Counsel Jack Smith could indeed reach its intended effect, potentially allowing him to reclaim the presidency without facing conviction.
In the televised conversation, Barr held back from declaring his voting intentions, should his former boss run for office again, opting instead for a metaphorical approach: “I’ll jump off that bridge when I get to it.”
His commentary emerged against the backdrop of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to not expedite a ruling concerning the ex-President’s immunity in relation to accusations of election interference in 2020. This refusal, following a plea from Trump’s legal counsel for the court to avoid hastening their decision, may push back any trial and possible conviction until after the next presidential election cycle.
The former Attorney General outlined the core of the ex-President’s defense strategy, which hinges on the concept of ‘absolute immunity’ linked to official presidential actions. According to Barr, this principle should remain sacrosanct. He anticipates that the crux of the case will revolve around whether the ex-President’s conduct during the 2020 election was as a candidate or in his official capacity, with immunity at stake depending on this classification.
In the same interview, Barr criticized a recent state supreme court decision that could preclude the ex-President from appearing on primary ballots, labeling the legal reasoning as ‘ridiculous’ and ‘destructive’. He expressed hope that the nation’s highest court would swiftly overturn such rulings.
As the discussion shifted to a hypothetical electoral showdown between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, Barr maintained his stance of withholding a commitment to either candidate, emphasizing his current detachment from the decision with his ‘bridge’ analogy. Even with acknowledged tensions between him and his former boss, Barr firmly stated his opposition to Biden, leaving the door open to various interpretations of his eventual political support.