Former President Donald Trump criticized former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr, who served under his administration, calling him a “Lethargic Coward” and a “Globalist RINO.”
Trump’s comments came after Barr appeared in a CNN interview with host Kaitlan Collins, arguing that the government likely has “strong evidence of obstruction” in its case involving the classified documents found at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
“I think, in this case, the underlying offense was his having these documents, which he shouldn’t have had, and he was subpoenaed,” Barr said.
“And if he doesn’t provide them and hides them from the government, there’s both an underlying offense and there’s the offense of obstruction. But the thing that I think actually brings this — that raises this and makes it a more significant threat is the obstruction aspect of it,” he added.
Barr added that the investigation into Trump’s classified documents poses a “high risk” for an indictment of the former president.
“[B]ased on the government’s conduct here, I suspect that they have some evidence of — that they would consider to be strong evidence of obstruction. And that’s why I feel that this is probably the most threatening case,” Barr said.
Trump blasted Barr over his remarks, arguing that the former attorney general “didn’t have the ‘guts’ to fight election fraud” in the 2020 presidential election.
“So many legal scholars & pundits have viewed my lawsuit against lying, convicted felon, Michael Cohen, a disbarred lawyer, as being meritorious – a very good one,” he wrote on Truth Social. “Some have stated, ‘It’s about time!’”
“Slovenly, Lethargic Coward, Bill Barr, who didn’t have the ‘guts’ to fight election fraud, & more, because he was afraid he was going to be impeached by the Radical Left Lunatics – The Democrats – disagrees,” Trump continued. “Barr is a Globalist RINO spokesman for Fox & the WSJ. He is a Stone Cold LOSER!”
Trump’s followers cheered his assessment of Barr, but some wondered why he didn’t realize Barr was a “Republican in name only” (RINO) before he appointed him attorney general.
Still can't believe Trump picked him for AG🤔
— @therealralphiec (@therealralphie3) April 14, 2023
On Aug. 22, 2022, Trump filed a federal lawsuit seeking the appointment of a third-party attorney to review the documents seized by the FBI from Mar-a-Lago. Trump was granted a third-party attorney on Sep. 5, 2022, by Federal District Judge Aileen Cannon.
By Sep. 8, 2022, the Department of Justice (DOJ) appealed Cannon’s decision to appoint a third-party attorney in Trump’s case.
The department asked Cannon to temporarily prohibit two parts of her ruling when the appeal occurs: First, where she banned the DOJ from using the seized materials from Trump’s estate in its investigation, and second, requiring it to turn over classified documents to the attorney. Nonetheless, on Sep. 15, 2022, Cannon appointed senior Judge Raymond Dearle as the attorney.
As president, Trump could declassify any documents he wished. He is currently under four investigations. In New York City, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg indicted Trump over “hush money” payments he allegedly made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election. Trump received 34 felony counts.
In New York, Attorney General Letitia James filed a civil lawsuit against the Trump Organization for allegedly lying to lenders and insurers about its assets.
In Fulton County, Georgia, the district attorney is considering charging Trump for allegedly attempting to “overturn” the 2020 presidential election.
Nationally, the DOJ appointed a special counsel to investigate the classified documents found at Mar-a-Lago and Trump’s efforts to “interfere” with the 2020 election.
Instead of investigating Hunter Biden and President Joe Biden over their foreign business dealings, the government centers on Trump. In New York, district attorneys before Bragg ignored the “hush money” case against Trump. In Georgia, prosecutors are going after Trump because of a phone call between him and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
Letitia James’ case against Trump is purely political. In 2018, she called Trump an “illegitimate president” and an “embarrassment.”
Democrats are prosecuting Trump. The cases against him aren’t lawful but political, aimed to prevent him from continuing his 2024 presidential campaign.