Former Attorney General William Barr seemed to go along with Donald Trump’s stunts. Still, he reportedly drew the line when the president claimed the election was being “stolen” from him, according to Axios. One of the most irritating things about Trump — aside from the president committing crimes and whatnot — is that he speaks of himself in the third person. He did that with Barr when discussing the election, of course.
Trump wasn’t happy after Barr told the Associated Press that the Justice Department did not find instances of widespread voter fraud, and following that, the two had a “contentious” meeting.
Axios breaks it down:
As he headed to the White House for meetings on Dec. 1, Barr knew Balsamo’s story might go live while he was there. He soon found himself in the president’s private dining room, along with Meadows, Cipollone, Trump and others. They sat at a long table under a glittering chandelier, amid Trump paraphernalia that was framed by floor-to-ceiling windows.
Trump was reportedly facing a huge flat-screen TV with the sound on low with the conspiracy-inundated One America News network playing a Michigan Senate hearing on election fraud.
Trump was fuming over the report by the Associated Press, and that’s when he asked Barr, “Why would you say such a thing? You must hate Trump. There’s no other reason for it. You must hate Trump.”
(Sorry, you guys, but that third person stuff from the outgoing president really gets to me.)
“These things aren’t panning out,” Barr told the president while standing beside his chief of staff, Will Levi, according to the outlet. “The stuff that these people are filling your ear with just isn’t true.”
Barr said that the Justice Department looked at the major fraud allegations that Trump’s lawyers had claimed, and said. “It’s just bullshit.” Cipollone, according to Axios, backed up Barr by saying the DOJ was investigating these claims.
That’s when the fact-free president pointed at the TV and asked if Barr had been watching the hearing. When Barr said he hadn’t, Trump shot back, “Maybe you should.”
“I’m a pretty informed legal observer, and I can’t fucking figure out what the theory is here,” Barr said. “It’s just scattershot. It’s all over the hill and gone.”
It was just a week later that Barr was considering handing in his resignation. Barr isn’t a hero in all of this. It’s hard not to remember when he allowed American citizens to be flash-banged and tear-gassed so Trump could do a photo-op in front of a church. But, he’s right that widespread voter fraud doesn’t exist. Trump’s claims of a stolen election are yet another instance of projection. Every accusation from a narcissist is a confession.
You can read the full report here.
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