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Former AG Bill Barr Predicts Trump Conviction Will ‘Be Overturned’

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Former Attorney General Bill Barr shared his reaction this week to former President Donald Trump being found guilty on 34 counts of falsifying business records.

“When people were talking about it, I said that the case was an abomination, and I didn’t think it was going to be brought at the end of the day because it was so vaporous,” Barr told Fox News host Jimmy Failla during an interview on “Fox Across America.”

“I was surprised they went ahead with it… it was an abomination. And everyone’s talked about that. But you think about, how are the American people going to react in a very close election if Trump loses and this case is overturned – which it will be, this case will be overturned,” Barr added.

Barr, who served as the attorney general during the Trump administration, also weighed in on how Trump’s verdict could impact his potential 2024 presidential campaign.

“It’s unfair to the voter. And, you know, the co-conspirator in all of this is the mainstream media. Yeah. Who will not talk about the issues or give honest reports on anything,” he said.

“I think the Justice Department knows that the facts alleged in this case would not have constituted a federal campaign violation,” Barr added. “If they keep this gag order on them. Again, it’s unprecedented and crazy that you have a major candidate who can’t defend himself.”

Barr mentioned the difference in the justice system’s approach to Hunter Biden’s laptop and Trump’s criminal charges, calling it “interference” and citing the media as “co-conspirators in the whole laptop thing.”

Trump is encouraging voters to use “every appropriate tool to beat the Democrats.”

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House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan put out recommendations for appropriations this week that include “defunding politicized prosecutions.”

The effort targets the prosecutors in charge of the cases against former President Donald Trump, according to Fox News. These prosecutors include Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, and New York Attorney General Letitia James.

Jordan requested last week that Bragg and prosecutor Matthew Colangelo provide testimony regarding what he has called a “kangaroo court” that resulted in Trump’s unprecedented criminal conviction.

Jordan’s office said in a statement that he also proposes “reining in abusive federal law enforcement agencies, including zeroing out Special Counsel Jack Smith’s office political witch hunt.”

In a letter to House Appropriations Chairman Tom Cole, Jordan said the House Judiciary Committee has “conducted oversight of the troubling rise in politicized prosecutions and the use of abusive ‘lawfare’ tactics to target political opponents.”

Jordan said “rogue prosecutors” have abused “the rules of professional conduct and their duty to do justice in service of politicized ends.”

“He recommended that the Appropriations Committee adopt language to eliminate federal funding for state prosecutors or state attorneys general involved in such activity and ‘to zero out federal funding for federal prosecutors engaged in such abuse,'” Axios reported.

Legal experts say Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s case against Trump will have “reversible problems” if it is appealed following last week’s guilty verdict on all 34 counts.

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The former president and presumptive 2024 GOP nominee was charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree.

Trump pleaded not guilty, but 12 jurors found him guilty on all counts.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 11, four days before the Republican National Convention. Each count carries a maximum prison sentence of four years.

In total, Trump faces a maximum sentence of 136 years behind bars.

But some legal experts say the trial is “a target-rich environment for appeal,” which Trump is expected to pursue.

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“I believe that the case will be reversed eventually either in the state or federal systems,” Jonathan Turley, constitutional law attorney and Fox News contributor, told the network hours after Trump’s conviction.

“However, this was the worst expectation for a trial in Manhattan,” he said. “I had hoped that the jurors might redeem the integrity of a system that has been used for political purposes. The trial is a target-rich environment for appeal. However, that appeal will stretch beyond the election. In the meantime, Democrats and President Biden can add ‘convicted felon’ to the political mantra.”

John Malcolm, a former federal prosecutor, emphasized to Fox News Digital that he firmly believes the jury’s verdict clearly demonstrates their conviction based on the testimony of Trump’s ex-lawyer, Michael Cohen.

“The jury obviously ended up believing Michael Cohen, which is something I have a hard time conceiving since Michael Cohen has lied every time he has been under oath in the past and admitted that he hates Donald Trump, blaming him for all his problems, stole from him, and will profit from this conviction,” Malcolm said.

Fox News added: “Prosecutors needed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Trump falsified business records to conceal a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, a former porn star, in the lead-up to the 2016 election – in an effort to silence her about an alleged affair with Trump in 2006. They were ultimately successful. Trump has denied the affair throughout the trial.”

Gregory Germain, a law professor at Syracuse University College of Law, observed that it was “a terribly risky strategy for Trump to focus on Michael Cohen’s credibility rather than focusing on the convoluted legal basis for the claims.”

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