Trump Slams 'Weak' Ex-AG Barr for Not Battling Alleged Election Fraud in 2020
00:52 GMT 06.03.2022 (Updated: 01:04 GMT 06.03.2022)
© AP Photo / Andrew HarnikIn this Jan. 29, 2019 photo, Attorney General nominee William Barr, right, meets with Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in Hawley's office in Washington.
© AP Photo / Andrew Harnik
Barr, in his book, "One Damn Thing After Another," stated flatly that Trump lost the 2020 presidential election to Biden. The former attorney general reportedly wrote that "the election was not 'stolen,'" and observed that his former boss had simply "lost it."
Former US President Donald Trump criticized former Attorney General Bill Barr on Friday, name-calling him as "weak" and "ineffective" for rejecting the former's ongoing and baseless claims over any irregularities during the 2020 presidential election.
Trump, who continues to propagate his voter fraud argument, suggested that Democrats had crushed his former AG.
"Former Attorney General Bill Barr wouldn't know voter fraud if it was staring him in the face – and it was," Trump complained. "The fact is, he was weak, ineffective, and totally scared of being impeached, which the Democrats were constantly threatening to do. They 'broke' him."
According to the former president, Barr "should have acted much faster on the Mueller Report, instead of allowing the fake Russia, Russia, Russia, Hoax to linger for so long, but it was the Election Fraud and Irregularities that he refused to act on because he wanted to save his own hide — and he did."
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Earlier, Barr said that Trump became enraged when he warned the then-president that his election claims were untrue, in a forthcoming interview with NBC News.
"I told him that all this stuff was bulls**t ... about election fraud. And, you know, it was wrong to be shoveling it out the way his team was," he added, claiming that Trump became "very angry" after listening to his remarks.
Trump claimed that Barr had received a respite from Congress, despite the former's continued unhappiness with Barr's performance.
"He never got impeached, contempt charges never went forward, and the Democrats were very happy with him — but I wasn't," the former president said.
While many books since Trump left office have referenced his encounters with Barr during the presidential race, the attorney general's memoir is expected by some to disclose some of the most contentious occasions between the two men in relation to the 2020 election. According to the reports upon the book, when Barr claimed in December 2020 that there was no proof of mass fraud, he met with Trump in the White House and the latter was not pleased with the attorney general's assertion.
As Trump has continued to push his narrative about the massive irregularities during the presidential election and tease a 2024 presidential candidacy, Barr reportedly described it as a "dismaying" potential.
Earlier, Barr stated that he believes Trump is to blame for the Capitol violence on January 6, despite saying last year that the disputes over election fraud claims "precipitated" the events in Washington, DC.