Bill Barr’s tenure as Attorney General of the United States ended mid-December and it’s unlikely to be remembered in a optimistic gentle, seeing the laundry list of crap he pulled and lies he told in furtherance of his political agenda. But within the wake of his resignation, we’re studying there’s a minimum of one thing that’s over the road for him.
That bridge that’s simply too far for Barr is the authorized concept trotted out within the days and weeks after the 2020 election that there was some kind of huge voter fraud and that Donald Trump was the rightful winner of the election. As reported by Axios, in a December 10th assembly between Donald Trump, Bill Barr and others issues got here to a head because the president’s hopes for a second time period had been pinned on a wild authorized concept that had no foundation actually — one thing Barr went on the record with to AP reporter, Michael Balsamo shortly earlier than the fateful assembly:
“These things [election fraud claims] aren’t panning out,” Barr informed the president, standing beside his chief of employees Will Levi. “The stuff that these people are filling your ear with just isn’t true.” Barr defined that if Trump needed to contest the election outcomes, the president’s inner marketing campaign attorneys must do it.
The Justice Department, he continued, had regarded on the main fraud allegations that Trump’s attorneys had leveled. “It’s just bullshit,” Barr informed the president. [White House Counsel Pat] Cipollone backed up Barr by saying the DOJ was investigating these claims.
Trump pointed on the TV and requested if Barr had been watching the listening to. Barr mentioned he hadn’t. “Maybe you should,” the president mentioned. Barr reiterated that the Justice Department was not ignoring the allegations, however that Trump’s exterior attorneys had been doing a horrible job.
“I’m a pretty informed legal observer and I can’t fucking figure out what the theory is here,” he added. “It’s just scattershot. It’s all over the hill and gone.”
“Maybe,” Trump mentioned. “Maybe.”
And that break between Trump and Barr would sign the tip of their working relationship. Barr was out of the place by Christmas.
In what is probably going an try and retcon his position in enabling a harmful president, Barr had his first interview for the reason that January sixth riot. Of the lie that the 2020 was fraudulent, he said that “was the thing that precipitated the riots on the Hill.” No shit, Sherlock.
But regardless of how he tries to distance himself from Trump now, we’ll remember what he did along the way.
Kathryn Rubino is a Senior Editor at Above the Law, and host of The Jabot podcast. AtL tipsters are one of the best, so please join along with her. Feel free to electronic mail her with any suggestions, questions, or feedback and comply with her on Twitter (@Kathryn1).