A former FBI intelligence officer on Friday predicted that William Barr, President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE’s nominee for attorney general, could “crush” the administration in light of a BuzzFeed News report published Thursday suggesting the president told his former personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.

 

“Barr will be one of the most significant appointments the president has ever made because Barr, I suspect, is going to crush the administration,” Phil Mudd said on CNN Friday.

“The president’s going to say, ‘I never saw that one coming,’ ” Mudd, who is a frequent critic of Trump and the administration, added.

The comments come after BuzzFeed News published a report saying Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The two reportedly met at least 10 times to discuss the tower while Trump maintained to the public that he had no business ties in Russia.  

Barr, whose confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee was held this week, suggested before the report came out that such behavior could be considered obstruction of justice.

“The president persuading a person to commit perjury would be obstruction, is that right?” Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharOvernight Defense: Two US service members killed in Afghanistan | Trump calls on other nations to take up fight against ISIS | Pentagon scraps billion-dollar missile defense program ABC unveils moderators for third Democratic debate Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill MORE (D-Minn.) asked, to which Barr responded, “Yes.”

Cohen admitted in November to lying to Congress about Trump’s Moscow property plans. He made the false statements while testifying before two congressional intelligence committees in 2017. He was sentenced in December to three years in prison on a string of charges, including lying to Congress.