(VitalNews.org) – Former Attorney General in the Trump Administration, Bill Barr, said he would testify against the former president at his trial related to Jan. 6 if asked to do so by the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Last week, Trump was indicted on a third set of charges, this time relating to the events of January 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. The former president is being accused of trying to stay in office by interrupting the peaceful transfer of power to President Joe Biden. Trump pleaded not guilty on Thursday, August 3, of all charges.
Barr appeared on the CBS show “Face the Nation” on Monday and was asked if he would take the witness stand to testify against former President Donald Trump if requested, to which Barr replied, “Of course.” He was also asked if he was already interviewed by the special counsel in charge of the case, Jack Smith, but Barr declined to answer.
The case brought by Smith is “challenging,” according to Barr, but he said he doesn’t believe it “runs afoul of the First Amendment” and violates Trump’s free speech. The former Attorney General was asked about the election and the fact that he told Trump he found no evidence of fraud and that his investigation “satisfied” this conclusion. Barr said he goes into “painstaking detail” in his book about what happened, and that on at least “three occasions” he told Trump “there was no evidence of fraud.”
Shortly after the 2020 election, Barr resigned from his position and became a frequent critic of Trump and his administration. Whether or not Barr takes the witness stand remains to be seen, but it’s certainly possible.
Trump is currently battling it out with Smith and the DOJ over which evidence the former president is permitted by the court to discuss with the public pre-trial.
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