William Barr, former Trump prosecutor, denies legitimate reason for documents to be at Mar-a-Lago

Former U.S. Attorney General during the Trump Administration William Barr said Friday in an interview on Fox News that there is no “legitimate reason” for classified documents to have been in the former president’s Mar-a-Lago mansion in Florida.

“I can’t think of a legitimate reason why they should have been (…) they could be taken away from the government if they are classified,” Barr has stated.

In this regard, the former attorney general has expressed “skepticism about the claim that (Trump) has declassified all the documents.”

Barr considers it highly unlikely that the former US president has declassified all the documents. Moreover, he has called the move reckless in the event that he had declassified the files without actually knowing what was in them.

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“That would be a great abuse and shows his recklessness, it is almost worse than taking the documents,” he has criticized.

The former prosecutor has also dismissed criticism of the FBI’s actions at the Mar-a-Lago property as “unprecedented.”

“Let me say that I think the driver of this from the beginning was a lot of classified information at Mar-a-Lago. People say this (raid) was unprecedented, well, it’s also unprecedented for a president to take all this classified information and put it in a country club,” he has criticized.

In addition, Barr has called Trump’s request for a special master to review documents related to the raid a “waste of time.”

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