Last week, former Attorney General Bill Barr added his name to the long list of prior Trump administration officials who have spoken out against the ex-president. (RELATED: Barr Turns on Trump in New Memoir)
Barr’s relationship with the former president began to deteriorate after the 2020 presidential election. Tensions between the two men erupted at a Dec. 2, 2020 meeting when Barr rejected Trump’s baseless claims of widespread voter fraud.
While Barr said he had “no doubt there was some fraud” in the election, the Justice Department had looked into claims of widespread fraud and found nothing on the scale necessary to change the outcome of the election. (RELATED: Emails Reveal Biden Admin Orchestrated Smear Campaign Against Parents)
The president was reportedly furious. Although persuaded from firing his attorney general that night, Barr would leave the White House by the end of the month.
Despite the explosive confrontation, neither man had much to say about the other — until Barr began promoting his memoir “One Damn Thing After Another.”
Barr kicked off his press tour Sunday night in an interview with “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt.
Besides dismissing Trump’s election fraud claims, Barr called the former president morally responsible for the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol Building riot. (RELATED: FBI Director Denies Bureau Tougher on Capitol Rioters Than Violent BLM Thugs)
NBC News’ Dareh Gregorian reports:
Asked by NBC News’ Lester Holt whether he considered Trump “responsible” for the violence at the Capitol, Barr said: “I do think he was responsible in the broad sense of that word, in that it appears that part of the plan was to send this group up to the Hill. I think the whole idea was to intimidate Congress. And I think that that was wrong.”
But, he added, he hasn’t seen evidence that Trump committed an actual crime. “I haven’t seen anything to say he was legally responsible for it in terms of incitement,” Barr said.
Trump wasted precious little time trashing Barr after his appearance in a three-page letter to Holt.
Trump wrote, in part, that Barr “cares more about being accepted by the corrupt Washington Media and Elite than serving the American people. He was slow, lethargic and I realized early on that he never had what it takes to make a great Attorney General.” Adding insult to injury, Trump said the mainstream media broke Barr “like a trainer breaks a horse.”
Until his final weeks as attorney general, pundits on both sides considered Barr a Trump loyalist. However, his book goes far beyond rebutting Trump’s election fraud claims. Indeed, it’s a scathing indictment of the former president, painting his administration as chaotic and Trump himself as a malignant narcissist who cares more about himself than the well-being of the country.
Barr dismissed Trump’s fiery response as “par for the course” when asked about it earlier today by NBC’s Savannah Guthrie.
Despite Barr’s misgivings with Trump, he told Guthrie in the same interview that he would vote for Trump if he becomes the GOP nominee in 2024 because the “progressive agenda” represents the greatest threat to our country.
Barr’s begrudging support, dare I say sympathy, for Trump (should he be the party’s nominee again) may be the most notable part of his press tour.
But Trump isn’t reciprocating, saying of Barr’s memoir “I would imagine that if the book is anything like him, it will be long, slow and very boring.” (RELATED: Pro-Trump Republican Not Seeking Reelection)
“One Damn Thing After Another” hits book shelves tomorrow, March 8.
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