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Bill Barr Has One Word As He Explains to Tapper ‘Practical Consequences’ of Trump Ballot Ouster



Former Attorney General Bill Barr, who served during Donald Trump’s presidency, expressed his disagreement with the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to exclude Trump from the 2024 ballot in the state.

In a recent interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Barr, who has frequently criticized and been criticized by former President Trump, highlighted the lack of due process in the court’s five-day hearing with its seven justices. He warned that the ruling’s repercussions could lead to “chaos” in future elections.

Barr challenged an article by David Frum in The Atlantic, titled “The Colorado Supreme Court Just Gave Republicans a Chance to Save Themselves.” Frum suggested that the court’s decision provided a clear path for Republican primary candidates.

However, Barr argued that the court must adhere to the rule of law and maintain consistent standards.

“The practical consequences — put principles aside — the practical consequences of this ruling would be chaos, where you have, essentially there’s no standard, as you pointed out. It’s sort of mushy. Exactly what is an insurrection? What does engagement mean?” Barr said. “Now, every state is gonna make their own rules on this. Set up their own procedures, you know. Is the proof gonna be beyond a reasonable doubt? Ponderance of the evidence, clear and convincing, substantial evidence? Everyone does a different thing and knocks certain national candidates off ballots? It would be chaos.”

Barr, who resigned from the Trump administration following the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, noted that special counsel Jack Smith had not charged Trump with inciting an insurrection. Smith has, however, indicted Trump on three charges related to alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Barr stated that he has not seen evidence to reasonably accuse Trump of inciting an insurrection.

Several Republican candidates challenging Trump in the primary have defended him against the state justices’ ruling. Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy called the decision “un-American,” and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn it. DeSantis tweeted, “The Left invokes ‘democracy’ to justify its use of power, even if it means abusing judicial power to remove a candidate from the ballot based on spurious legal grounds. SCOTUS should reverse.”

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