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Barr says Mar-a-Lago raid was justified after Trump 'yanked' FBI

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Former Attorney General Bill Barr on Friday afternoon raised a prominent Republican’s response to former President Donald Trump’s decision to dump a trove of government documents brought to the post-term Mar-a-Lago estate, suggesting federal authorities had no choice but to raid the property after Trump “yanked” investigators.

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KEY FACTS

Barr, who served as attorney general under Trump for nearly two years, refutes the republic The party’s criticism of the raid on the former president’s home, which it called “unprecedented,” said it was “unprecedented for a president to have access to all this classified information” and put them at a country club. “

Justice Department officials may feel they need to The raid, as Trump reportedly kept some highly classified documents after he received a subpoena earlier this year asking him to hand over sensitive records. .

Barr also poured cold water on Trump’s defense, saying he had somehow declassified the documents, calling it an “highly unlikely” act , if it did happen, it would be “so abused” of power.

Trang Pu has denied any wrongdoing and has repeatedly slammed the raid as a political stunt, claiming he is willing to hand over any records prosecutors demand.

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Barr stepped down as Trump’s attorney general on Dec. 23, 2020, after he informed Trump that his false claims about widespread election fraud were unfounded — and the former attorney general has since offered advice on efforts to overturn the election Details of the Jan. 6 findings of committee investigators, whose testimony was given high priority at this summer’s committee hearings.

Crucial Quote

“I personally think they probably have good evidence that they’ve taken things to where they are,” Barr said of the DOJ’s decision to conduct the raid.

Key Background

Many Republicans slammed the federal government after the Aug. 8 raid The Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department, some even made calls to “fund the FBI,” but that anger has subsided over the past few weeks as more details about the investigation emerged. The latest disclosure was on Friday. A list of unsealed records obtained from Mar-a-Lago, which was released, included 18 top-secret documents, 53 secret documents and 31 classified documents. Investigators also obtained 48 empty folders marked confidential, which were Fueling speculation that Trump still possesses sensitive government records, a partially redacted search warrant made public last month showed investigators raiding for alleged violations of the Espionage Act and other federal regulations.

Further reading

Mar-A-Lago Raid: FBI investigates whether Trump violated these 3 regulations (Forbes)

Top Secret Documents, Empty Confidential Folders: Court Releases More Complete List of FBI Seizures Trump (Forbes)

FBI reportedly issued subpoenas and obtained national security documents from Mar-a-Lago months before raid (Forbes)

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