FBI search of Trump’s home appears justified, says his former attorney general

Donald Trump’s former attorney general, Bill Barr, said Friday that the FBI’s dramatic search of the former U.S. president’s home appeared justified, and that authorities appeared to have “good” evidence about an attempt to obstruct him.

Barr’s comments, which went from being a supporter of the former president to a detractor, come in the wake of the August 8 police operation at Trump’s home in Florida, which caused a political firestorm and during which confidential documents were seized.

“For them to get to where we are today, they probably have good evidence,” Barr said on Fox News.

“If they clearly have the president moving things around, hiding things in his office and telling people to hide things from the government, they may be inclined to bring this case” to trial, he added.

“I think the driving force behind this all along was the pile of classified information that was at Mar-a-Lago,” he said.

“People say it was unprecedented,” he continued about the search. “Well, it’s also unprecedented for a president to take all this classified information and put it in a country club,” he added, scathingly.

But while he called Trump’s behavior regarding the documents “senseless” and “inexplicable,” Barr said he hoped the department would not charge him, given that he is a former president and given the state of the nation.

Donald Trump fired back, in a post on his Truth Social network. “Former Attorney General Bill Barr was fired long before I left the White House,” the former Republican president wrote.

On Friday, a Justice Department court document revealed that some of the top-secret documents seized by the FBI from Donald Trump’s Florida home were discovered in his office, which could bolster suspicions that he obstructed justice.

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The detailed list of what was seized in the Aug. 8 search at Mar-a-Lago also shows that Trump had kept more than 11,000 unclassified, state-related documents. He claims he has the right to keep them, but they legally go back to the National Archives.

Among the texts seized in the police operation were 18 documents classified as “top secret,” 53 “secret” and 31 “confidential.”

Among them are papers that were recovered from Mr. Trump’s personal office.

Agents also found several dozen empty files marked “classified” in the office, which may suggest that sensitive documents may have been lost or destroyed.