Former Attorney General Bill Barr said Friday that he suspects Democrats are pushing the indictment of former President Trump to help him win the 2024 Republican nomination in the hopes that Trump's legal baggage will sink him in the general election.
“I think the impetus is really to help Trump get the nomination, focus the attention on him for two years, have this thing swirling around, plus whatever else comes which I think will be damaging to whoever gets the nomination,” Barr, one of Trump's attorneys general, said Friday at the National Review Institute Ideas Summit.
Barr generally dismissed the Trump indictment as a politically motivated event.
“We don't know exactly what's there. But judging from the news reports … it's the archetypal abuse of the prosecutorial function to engage in a political hit job,” he said.