Former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr recently weighed in on the tactics of former President Donald Trump in the face of four criminal indictments, suggesting that Trump’s strategy to “run out the clock” might indeed be effective, potentially allowing him to reach the presidency again before any conviction.
During a segment on Fox News Channel’s “Cavuto Live,” Barr refrained from stating whether he would support or oppose Trump in a future presidential bid, saying, “I’ll jump off that bridge when I get to it.”
Barr’s comments came in the context of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to decline Smith’s request for an expedited ruling on Trump’s claim of immunity from prosecution concerning the 2020 election interference case. This decision, following a request from Trump’s legal team to avoid rushing a ruling, could delay a trial and a potential federal conviction until after Trump’s possible reelection.
Host Neil Cavuto prompted Barr to comment about Trump’s legal approach to which Barr responded, “Yeah, I mean his strategy is to run out the clock and he has a lot of tools to do that, and he may be successful.”
Barr elaborated on the nature of Trump’s defense against Smith’s case, emphasizing the concept of absolute immunity for official presidential functions. He explained the differing perspectives in the case: the government viewing Trump as acting more as a candidate than as president and Trump’s likely argument that any official action, even if for electoral purposes, grants him immunity.
Barr also addressed the recent Colorado Supreme Court ruling that removed Trump from the state primary ballot. He criticized the decision sharply, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to quickly overturn it. “I think the legal argument here for it is ridiculous. Even more importantly, it is highly destructive, and it’s exactly the kind of tactics by the left that created Donald Trump in the first place,” Barr stated.
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