Former Attorney General Bill Barr compared former President Donald Trump to a “defiant 9-year-old” and said Trump is “a very petty person who will always put his interests at the expense of the country.”
In an interview on CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday, Barr said that Donald Trump has many “good qualities and has accomplished some good things,” but that he “consistently engages in reckless behavior that puts his political followers at risk.”
Barr was asked if he believed Trump, who has been indicted on federal charges of mishandling government documents, lied to the Justice Department investigating the case. “Yes, I do,” Barr said.
Barr said much of Trump’s defense in the case — that he has sweeping powers to declassify and own government records from his time in office — is “absurd.” Barr said there was simply no justification under the law for a former president to take sensitive documents such as war plans or defense materials.
“The primary purpose of the Presidential Records Act was to prevent presidents from taking records from the White House,” Barr said. “It was passed after Watergate. That is its main purpose.”
Barr argued Sunday that if Trump were the Republican nominee for president again, he would jeopardize the Republican agenda. “Should we put someone like that up front as the leader of the country, the leader of the free world engaging in this kind of behavior?”