Former Trump AG Barr: Trump winning GOP nomination would be a 'tragedy'
"I personally think that they probably have the basis for legitimately indicting the president."
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Former Attorney General Bill Barr said a Trump victory in the Republican primary for 2024 would be a "tragedy."
Barr made the comment in an appearance on PBS's "Firing Line with Margaret Hoover" set to air Friday evening, according to the National Review. Barr resigned from Trump's cabinet prior in December, 2020, after the former president lost the presidential election to now-President Joe Biden. He was also a critic of Trump's claims of mass election fraud.
Barr did, however, decline to rule out voting for Trump should he become the nominee, saying "It depends on the circumstances," before asserting that he was unlikely to back a left-wing candidate instead.
The former attorney general lent some credence to the idea that Trump's declaration of a 2024 campaign was motivated in part by a desire to protect himself from federal investigations.
"I think that could be part of the reason," Barr said. "But I think he, you know, he has a monumental ego, and he doesn’t want to go down in history as a loser. And he also would like to get revenge on the people that he feels didn’t give him his due."
He further opined that it is "increasingly more likely" that the DOJ will indict Trump in connection with its investigation into his handling of classified documents the FBI seized from Mar-a-Lago.
"I personally think that they probably have the basis for legitimately indicting the president," he concluded.