Bill Barr finally quit after telling Donald Trump his claims about election fraud were ‘bulls**t’ after months of refusing to let troops into Portland
- Axios reported on the fallout between President Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr, who resigned from the top DOJ post before Christmas
- During a December 1 White House meeting, Barr called Trump’s allegations of widespread voter fraud ‘bulls**t’
- The attorney general also called the legal team Trump was assembling ‘clownish’
- Barr made these comments to the president in December after the relationship had been fraying for months
- Trump and Barr’s fallout began when Barr pushed back on the president’s desire to send troop to cities like Portland to break up Black Lives Matter protests
- Barr described their conversations like the movie ‘Groundhog Day,’ as the same argument happened over and over again
Now former Attorney General Bill Barr told President Donald Trump in December that his widespread voter fraud claims were ‘bulls**t’ and the legal team he was assembling was ‘clownish.’
Axios reported Monday on the fallout between Trump and Barr, who resigned from his perch at the Justice Department on December 23.
Attorney General Bill Barr told President Donald Trump that his widespread election fraud claims were ‘bulls**t’ and said Trump’s team of lawyers were ‘clownish’
Barr, according to Axios’ reporting, thought Trump’s ideas were too aggressive and likened their conversations to the movie ‘Groundhog Day,’ as the same arguments happened over and over again.
Trump would throw tantrums when Barr questioned what he would do with troops in major U.S. cities.
Barr pointed out that the troops could be stranded in Portland and other cities indefinitly.
‘No one supports me,’ Trump yelled at one point. ‘No one gives me any f***ing support.’
Axios said that Barr acted like a ‘heat shield’ between the president and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley and Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
Milley and Esper, like Barr, believed deploying troops to Portland was a bad idea.
After a summer of fighting, Barr tried to avoid Trump through the fall.
And the attorney general was largely successful because the president was on the campaign trail so much.
But after the November 3 election, Trump needed Barr to push his election fraud narrative.
Barr had asked the DOJ to speed up federal investigations of election fraud allegations, but that wasn’t enough for Trump – as the evidence investigators sought didn’t exist.
On November 29, Trump called Barr’s DOJ ‘missing in action’ on Fox News Channel.
The messaging infuriated Barr, Axios reported.
In turn, Barr gave an interview to an Associated Press reporter, Michael Balsamo, where he said publicly there was no widespread election fraud.
Barr knew the story could go live as he was going into a White House meeting on December 1.
And Trump did confront him over the AP headline: ‘Disputing Trump, Barrs says no widespread election fraud.’
‘Why would you say such a thing? You must hate Trump. There’s no other reason for it. You must hate Trump,’ the president responded, speaking in the third person, Axios reported.
Barr responded that, ‘these things aren’t panning out.’
‘The stuff that these people are filling your ear with just isn’t true,’ he said, according to Axios.
Barr explained that the DOJ had looked into these fraud allegations that Trump’s lawyers like Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell were peddling.
‘It’s just bulls**t,’ Barr said.
‘I’m a pretty informed legal observer and I can’t fucking figure out what the theory is here,’ Barr continued. ‘It’s just scattershot. It’s all over the hill and gone.’
Trump responded with a, ‘maybe.’
Barr quit before Christmas because he didn’t want his private disagreements coming into public view, Axios said.
On December 14, Barr met with Trump and argued that it was best for him to step aside.