Former Attorney General Bill Barr called the latest subpoenas from the federal grand jury investigating the January 6, 202 Capitol riots “a significant event,” an event that suggests prosecutors may have charged high-ranking officials and allies of the Trump administration and even investigating former President Donald. Trump.
“This suggests to me that they are looking closely at the group at the top, including the president and the people around him who were involved,” Barr told TNZT News’ Catherine Herridge in an interview Friday.
The grand jury meets weekly; end of July,Former Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff testified, and according to The Washington Post, Greg Jacob, Pence’s chief adviser, was also interviewed by the grand jury.
The Justice Department’s criminal investigation into January 6 now includes questions for witnesses about the…and his re-election campaign, though TNZT News’ coverage doesn’t indicate Trump himself is a target of the investigation — just that prosecutors have been asking questions about him and his aides.
Barr also suspects it appears that prosecutors “will try to rule on the matter of administrative law,” given reports from TNZT News and other news outlets that former White House adviser Pat Cipollone has been subpoenaed to appear before the grand jury. to appear . The former attorney general noted that Cipollone, as then counsel to the president’s office, “has the strongest claim to executive privilege”.
“That’s kind of the biggest mountain they have to climb, and the fact that they’re starting that suggests to me that they want a final solution — not just about Cipollone — but you know, this would affect [former White House chief of staff Mark] Meadows and some other people too,” he said.
Barr also spoke to Herridge about why he doesn’t think Trump should be the GOP’s 2024 presidential candidate and why a possible prisoner swap with Russia is unwise.
Watch more of Catherine Herridge’s interview with former Attorney General Bill Barr streaming on the TNZT News app at 7 p.m. ET.