Barr says grand jury appears to be specializing in Trump and his inside circle

Former Lawyer Common Invoice Barr referred to as the most recent federal grand jury subpoenas probing the Jan. 6, 202, Capitol riot “a big occasion,” one that implies that authorities prosecutors are probing high-ranking Trump administration officers and allies, and even former President Donald Trump.

“This means to me that they are taking a tough take a look at the group on the high, together with the president and the folks instantly round him who had been concerned on this,” Barr advised CBS Information’ Catherine Herridge in an interview Friday. 

The grand jury has been assembly weekly; in late July, Marc Short, former Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of workers, testified, and in accordance with The Washington Publish, Greg Jacob, Pence’s chief counsel, was additionally interviewed by the grand jury.

The Justice Division’s legal investigation into Jan. 6 now contains questions for witnesses in regards to the communications of people close to Trump and his reelection marketing campaign, although it isn’t evident from CBS Information’ reporting that Trump himself is a goal of the investigation — solely that that prosecutors have been asking questions associated to him and his aides.

Barr additionally surmises that it seems to be like prosecutors are “going to attempt to get a ruling on the difficulty of government privilege,” given reports by ABC Information and different information retailers that former White Home counsel Pat Cipollone has been subpoenaed to seem earlier than the grand jury. The previous legal professional basic famous that Cipollone, as then-counsel to the Workplace of the President, “has the strongest declare to government privilege.”

“That is form of the most important mountain for them to climb, and the truth that they lead off with that to me means that they need a definitive decision — not solely on Cipollone — however you already know, this might have an effect on [former White House chief of staff Mark] Meadows and a few of the different folks, too,” he stated. 

Barr additionally spoke with Herridge about why he would not assume Trump must be the 2024 GOP presidential nominee and why a attainable prisoner swap with Russia is ill-advised. 

Watch extra of Catherine Herridge’s interview with former Lawyer Common Invoice Barr on streaming on the CBS News app at 7 p.m. ET.


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