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May 17, 2023

Former AG Barr slams ‘pathetically weak’ legal theory behind Trump indictment: ‘An abomination’

Former Attorney General William Barr has recently criticized the legal theory behind the indictment of former President Donald Trump, calling it "pathetically weak" and "an abomination." Barr's comments come as the Manhattan district attorney's office continues its investigation into Trump's business dealings. The indictment in question alleges that Trump and his company, the Trump Organization, committed tax fraud by manipulating the value of their properties to obtain loans and tax benefits. However, Barr argues that the charges are based on a flawed legal theory that has never been used in a criminal case before. In an interview with Politico, Barr stated that the charges against Trump are "not particularly strong" and that the legal theory behind them is "an abomination." He went on to say that the charges are "based on a theory that is not only untested, but it's never been used before in a criminal case." Barr's criticism of the charges against Trump is significant, as he served as the attorney general under Trump and was known for his staunch support of the former president. However, Barr has also been critical of Trump in the past, particularly in regards to his claims of election fraud. The indictment against Trump and the Trump Organization is just the latest legal challenge for the former president, who has faced numerous investigations and lawsuits since leaving office. While it remains to be seen how the case will play out in court, Barr's comments suggest that the legal theory behind the charges may not hold up under scrutiny. Regardless of the outcome of the case, the indictment is a reminder of the legal challenges that Trump continues to face even after leaving office. It also highlights the ongoing debate over the use of legal theories that have not been tested in criminal cases, and the potential risks and benefits of using such theories in high-profile cases.