Sep 3, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Trump lashes out at Barr for defending DOJ search at Mar-a-Lago

President Donald Trump, with Attorney General William Barr.
Former President Trump with Attorney General William Barr. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Trump lashed out at former Attorney General William Barr after Barr said there was "no legitimate reason" for classified documents to be at Mar-a-Lago.

Why it matters: Barr was once considered an ally of Trump while serving as attorney general during his administration from 2019 to 2020.

What he said: "Bill Barr had 'no guts,' and got 'no glory.' He was a weak and pathetic RINO, who was so afraid of being Impeached that he became a captive to the Radical Left Democrats," Trump wrote Friday night in a TruthSocial post, suggesting Barr is a "Republican In Name Only."

  • "Barr never fought the way he should have for Election Integrity, and so much else. He started off OK as A.G., but faded fast - Didn't have courage or stamina. People like that will never Make America Great Again!" the former president wrote.

Flashback: Barr told Fox News on Friday night that the DOJ had every right to investigate Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate since there was no "legitimate reason" for Trump to hold classified documents there.

  • "I can't think of a legitimate reason why they should have been — could be taken out of government, away from the government if they are classified," Barr told Fox News. "I, frankly, am skeptical of the claim that [Trump] declassified everything."

The big picture: Some Trump allies have recently distanced themselves from the former president over the Mar-a-Lago search.

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