Former AG Bill Barr was asked to weigh in on the matter. Here’s what Barr said,
“This is not a criminal case,” Barr said. “To me, that says that she doesn’t have the evidence to make a criminal case. So she’s setting a lower bar and bringing this civil case. I don’t think it’s going to go any further. Now, it’s over 200 pages long with a lot of details about the valuation of properties.”
“But the fact of the matter is that real estate valuation of a complex real estate company like this is inherently very subjective. It depends what kinds of assumptions are used. Values can swing, depending on whether it’s viewed as a property that’s going to be split up or one that’s kept together and so forth. So it’s not an exact science,” Barr continued. “And the fact is that banks, sophisticated banks, don’t rely on every jot and tittle in the financial statements. They do their own assessments. They make themselves comfortable. Sometimes, they automatically discount that kind of submission. And they didn’t — no one — the loans were paid back. These were successful investments.”
“And the banks were paid back,” Barr added. “So, to have spent three years on this, seems to me, her trying to make good on a campaign promise that she was going to bring Trump down.”
I’m inclined to agree with Barr here. Now, I’m not a lawyer by any means, not even close, but what Barr said makes sense.
Now, let me rant a little bit about this AG, and honestly, this isn’t even just about her. I’m sick and tired of the government wasting money on whatever frivolous lawsuits they feel like leveling against someone. There needs to be some serious repercussions for it.
One concept that I’m in favor of is meting out equal punishment on the person who introduces the lawsuit that is equal to that of which the defendant would have received had they been found guilty. For example, if a woman lies and accused someone of rape, but if found innocent and the woman knowingly lied, she should serve that same punishment that he would have received.
I think there needs to be something big that happens to people like this AG who wastes taxpayer money. They should at minimum be fined and should have to pay taxpayers back for wasting their money. They should also not be eligible to hold office. That will make people think twice before accusing someone of a crime or filing a lawsuit against someone willy nilly.