Former Attorney General William Barr bluntly dismissed a few of former President Donald Trump’s election fraud allegations as “bulls***” in new interviews published Sunday in the Atlantic.
“My attitude was: It was put-up or shut-up time,” Barr recalled at one level. “If there was evidence of fraud, I had no motive to suppress it. But my suspicion all the way along was that there was nothing there. It was all bulls***.”
The remark was a part of a number of interviews Barr did this spring with ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, who wrote the Atlantic article describing Barr’s break with Trump within the aftermath of the 2020 election.
Trump misplaced that election to now-President Biden, however had sought to overthrow the desire of the voters by pushing a mixture of conspiracy theories and outright falsehoods claiming he had really gained key states. Trump was clearly hoping that Barr’s Justice Department would assist him within the effort. Barr had been extensively seen as a Trump loyalist, and the lawyer common had drawn widespread criticism for his rollout of the Mueller report.
But Barr as an alternative publicly undermined Trump’s false allegations of voter fraud. In a December 2020 interview with the Associated Press, Barr stated “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
Donald Trump and Bill Barr within the Oval Office in May 2020. (Evan Vucci/AP)
Trump and his allies had been pushing a variety of discredited claims, together with one which voting machines had been switching votes from Trump to Biden. (“We realized from the beginning it was just bulls***,” Barr advised the Atlantic of the concept voting machines had been altering votes.)
In the Atlantic, Barr stated then-Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had been encouraging him to talk out concerning the election. “Bill, I look around, and you are the only person who can do it,” McConnell reportedly advised Barr.
Trump was apparently furious with Barr for his feedback to the AP.
“How the f*** could you do this to me? Why did you say it?” Trump advised Barr in a White House assembly, based on the Atlantic.
“Because it’s true,” Barr responded.
“You must hate Trump. You must hate Trump,” Trump continued.
In the tense White House assembly, Trump reportedly confronted Barr with a litany of complaints, starting from falsehoods concerning the election outcomes to how the Justice Department performed itself throughout the marketing campaign.
About two weeks later, Trump tweeted out Barr’s resignation letter, of which a considerable portion was devoted to praising the president.
“Just had a very nice meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr at the White House. Our relationship has been a very good one, he has done an outstanding job!” Trump tweeted. “As per letter, Bill will be leaving just before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family.”
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