Jan. 6 panel plays tape of Bill Barr saying he told Trump his fraud claims were ‘bull****’
Bill Barr called Trump’s election fraud claims “bulls ***” and rigged voting machine theories “complete nonsense” and “crazy stuff” in a bomb statement to the committee on Jan. 6
- The House 6 panel held its first prime-time hearing on Thursday
- Rep. Liz Cheney played clips of Barr, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner
- Barr sat at a table with assistants and lawyers
- He says he ‘made it clear’ to Trump that ‘I disagreed with the idea of saying the election was stolen’
- Barr resigned in the final weeks of the Trump administration
- Before the election, he had publicly backed some of Trump’s warnings about the possibility of voter fraud
The Jan. 6 House Committee on Thursday played videotaped testimony from former Attorney General Bill quashing former President Trump’s repeated allegations of electoral fraud — which the former top law enforcement official called “bulls****.” .
Barr was one of the first witnesses referred to during Thursday’s prime-time hearings. His remarks, which he reclined in a chair in a drab committee room in his usual academic tone, disproved Trump’s claims of electoral fraud.
It was a position he said he had taken to the president’s face in “three discussions I can remember: Nov. Dec 23, Dec 1, and Dec 14.
“In that context, I made it clear that I disagreed with the idea of saying the election was stolen and putting out this stuff that I told the president was bullshit,” Barr told the committee.
“I didn’t want to be a part of it, and that’s one of the reasons I decided to leave when I did.”
BS: Former AG Bill Barr called former President Donald Trump’s allegations of voter fraud ‘bull****’
Barr suddenly resigned on Dec. 15 — amid what was later revealed as unrest within the Justice Department and among White House counsel, including an attempt to try and install a new Trump loyalist as acting attorney general
“I noted, I think it was on December 1, you cannot live in a world where the incumbent government remains in power based on its opinion, not supported by specific evidence, that electoral fraud has been committed” said Barr.
Barr has also put Trump’s claims of voter fraud to the test in his memoir and in a series of interviews promoting the book since he left office.
Barr made a public comment on December 14, 2020, the day before he stepped down, rebuking Trump’s claims of fraud.
He said he saw no fraud “on a scale that could have had a different outcome in the election,” while Trump and his lawyers were still making the claim.
The commission recorded Barr’s testimony in a video between clips of rioters breaking through the Capitol
Barr says he told Trump in three post-election meetings that his claims were false
He also made a series of decisions while in office that bolstered Trump, infuriating Democrats with his decision to release a summary of the Mueller report before it was released.
He also reiterated some of Trump’s comments before the election that undermine ballot security.
“There is no more secret ballot with postal voting. A secret ballot prevents the selling and buying of votes. So now we’re back to selling and buying votes,” Barr told the Chicago Tribune in September 2020.