According to the Washington Examiner, former Attorney General Bill Barr believes that President Joe Biden's Department of Justice (DOJ) "probably" has enough evidence of wrongdoing to indict former President Donald Trump.
Barr said as much on Friday during an appearance on PBS's Firing Line.
"I personally think that they probably have the basis for legitimately indicting the president," Barr said.
"I don't know. I'm speculating. But, given what's gone on, I think they probably have the evidence that would check the box," the former attorney general added.
This comes after U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced, on Friday, the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Trump, claiming that it is in the "public interest."
The special counsel has been identified as DOJ official Jack Smith. Smith, according to Garland, is going to be investigating the documents dispute that involved the unprecedented FBI raid on Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate as well as the alleged interference, by Trump and his associates, with the peaceful transfer of power following the 2020 presidential election.
Trump responded to Garland's announcement with a statement that he gave from Mar-a-Lago on Friday evening.
There, Trump referred to Garland's appointment of a special prosecutor as a continuation of the "witch hunt" of him that the political left has been leading since before he became president. Trump highlighted the fact that, to date, "they have found nothing."
Trump has further declared that he will not be participating in the special counsel investigation, making it clear that he is finished with the "witch hunt."
Garland's move is being slammed by many on the political right. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), for example, said, "The Biden Department of Justice is thoroughly politicized and weaponized. This is camouflage designed to set up the next step — which is the Biden Department of Justice intends to indict Donald Trump."
Many on the right are highlighting two facts: first, that Garland's announcement comes within days of Trump announcing his 2024 bid for the U.S. presidency, and, second, it comes within days of House Republicans announcing their own investigation of the Biden family, specifically relating to Hunter Biden's questionable overseas business dealings.
The argument is that this is clear proof that Garland's appointment of a special counsel is nothing more than a political move.