Former U.S. President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump applauds as he attends the North Carolina Republican Party Convention in Greensboro, North Carolina, June 10, 2023.
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After a 37-count indictment against Donald Trump was dropped on Friday, Trump’s former Attorney General Bill Barr said the Republican presidential nominee is in for trouble in 2024.
“If even half of it is true, then it’s a bull’s eye,” Barr told Fox News Sunday. “It’s a very detailed indictment, and it’s very, very damning. And this idea of portraying Trump as a victim here, a victim of a witch hunt, is ridiculous.”
The indictment revealed allegations that the former president deliberately kept hundreds of confidential government documents at his Florida home and conspired to prevent their return to US officials.
The indictment document, released a day after a grand jury in the U.S. District Court in Miami voted to indict Trump, said the filings contain information about U.S. and other countries’ defense and weapons capabilities, U.S. nuclear programs and “potential” included vulnerability of the United States and its allies to military attack.
Trump stored these classified materials in cardboard boxes in a ballroom, bathroom, shower and office space, as well as in his bedroom and closet at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla., the indictment said.
Barr said the way Trump kept the documents at Mar-a-Lago would be enough to upset anyone who cares about national security.
“He’s not a victim here,” Barr said. “He was completely wrong that he had a right to these documents. These documents are among the most sensitive secrets in the country.”
Many Republicans, including presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, rallied behind Trump after the indictment.
Ramaswamy said he would pardon Trump if elected before the details of the indictment were released. He said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union that after reading the indictment, he was “even more convinced that a pardon is the right answer.”
House Judiciary Speaker Jim Jordan said Sunday the indictment was “as political as it gets.” The Republican from Ohio claimed Trump declassified the materials and can do with them as he pleases. CNN’s Dana Bash has repeatedly sought evidence from Jordan that Trump had declassified the documents.
“I trust the President’s word and he has confirmed it,” Jordan said.
But Democratic officials have been less lenient, with Delaware Sen. Chris Coons saying on Sunday that “no one is above the law.”
“Former President Trump has no one to blame but himself for being criminally charged at the federal level,” he told ABC’s This Week.