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Rudy Giuliani calls Barr ‘treacherous’ for blaming Trump for Capitol riots

Rudy Giuliani said Tuesday that blame over the violent US Capitol riots should, at least in part, be attributed to former Attorney General William Barr – and not Donald Trump.

The former New York City Mayor made the comments in response to an assertion made by Barr on Monday in which he said Trump ‘precipitated’ the deadly unrest in Washington DC on January 6.

‘It was treacherous, what [Barr] just did,’ Giuliani said to former White House adviser Steve Bannon, on his podcast, War Room Pandemic. ‘He has no basis for it. He was gone, in the sense of being able to investigate any of the facts.’

‘The real cause of the violence, I think, if you want something other than antifa, is Bill Barr not investigating [election fraud],’ Giuliani added. ‘If the people are angry, they are angry that these crimes have gone unredressed, and we’ve gone two years with crimes unredressed.’

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‘It was treacherous, what [Barr] just did,’ Giuliani said to former White House adviser Steve Bannon, on his podcast, War Room Pandemic

Barr said Trump had ‘precipitated’ the riots with is unfounded allegations of election fraud and that the presidency had been ‘stolen’ from him.

Trump speaking at the Stop the Steal Rally

Barr (left) said Trump had ‘precipitated’ the riots with is unfounded allegations of election fraud and that the presidency had been ‘stolen’ from him

Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, has been one of the central figures behind the outgoing president’s efforts to cast doubt over the legitimacy of the 2020 election.

Despite numerous investigations finding absolutely no evidence of widespread voter fraud, Giuliani has continued to peddle wild conspiracy theories, ranging from ‘ballot dumps’ to electronic voting machines being rigged to favor Biden.

Earlier in his exchange with Bannon, Giuliani said that he believed the deadly DC riots – in which five died – were instigated by antifa and a group he called the ‘Groypers’, not supporters of Trump.

‘You see those guys scaling the walls?’ Giuliani asked as part of a bizarre, erratic rant. ‘You think they were worried about voter fraud? You think the guys with the bats, batting things in, dressed up all in black — does this look like a voter fraud crowd to you? These people had nothing to do with voter fraud.’

He continued: ‘The people who instigated this … were antifa, [Groyper], and a couple of other groups. They deliberately planned it, irrespective of anything.’

Law enforcement, meanwhile, have said there is no evidence to suggest antifa involvement in the Capitol attack.

Giuliani’s comments regarding Barr came just one day after the former Attorney General, who resigned from his role last month, said Trump had ‘precipitated’ the riots with is unfounded allegations of election fraud and that the presidency had been ‘stolen’ from him.

In an appearance on the British television network ITV, Barr was asked about Trump and his campaign’s claims about the legitimacy of the election.

Barr replied: ‘I think that was the thing that precipitated the riots on the Hill’.

Earlier in his exchange with Bannon, Giuliani said that he believed the deadly DC riots – in which five died – were stoked by antifa and a group he called the ‘Groypers’, not supporters of Trump.

Steve Bannon

Earlier in his exchange with Bannon, Giuliani said that he believed the deadly DC riots – in which five died – were stoked by antifa and a group he called the ‘Groypers’, not supporters of Trump.

Before he left office, Barr said publicly that there was no widespread election fraud and in the ITV interview he sought to distance himself from the Capitol rioters - claiming that he had been worried about violence from Trump supporters

Before he left office, Barr said publicly that there was no widespread election fraud and in the ITV interview he sought to distance himself from the Capitol rioters – claiming that he had been worried about violence from Trump supporters

The jab follows reports that Barr resigned as Attorney General on December 23 after telling President Donald Trump that his widespread voter fraud claims were ‘bulls**t’ and the legal team he was assembling was ‘clownish.’

Before he left office, Barr said publicly that there was no widespread election fraud and in the ITV interview he sought to distance himself from the Capitol rioters – claiming that he had been worried about violence from Trump supporters.

He added; ‘I’m sad to see, but not surprised in a way to see, the kind of violence we saw on Capitol Hill. I consider it despicable, and – I was not attorney general, I had already left office when that occurred – but I felt that they should move very quickly to disperse that crowd, regardless of which side of the political spectrum is involved.’

He added : ‘I think it’s always important to remember most people are exercising their First Amendment rights but there is a substantial group obviously that went far beyond that and broke into the Capitol and tried to interfere with the proceedings and that’s unacceptable.’

But when asked whether Trump incited the rioters, Barr stopped short, choosing not to name the president explicitly.

Instead, he said, he would leave it to investigators to determine whether Trump and his allies incited the riot.

Barr said: ‘Regardless of which side of the political spectrum is involved, we just cannot tolerate violence interfering with the processes of government’.

‘I’ll leave it to the people who are looking into the genesis of this to say whether incitement was involved.’

Trump was impeached by the House for an unprecedented second time last week on an incitement of insurrection charge after he told supporters at a ‘Stop the Steal’ rally to descend on the Capitol and ‘fight like hell’

Trump was impeached by the House for an unprecedented second time last week on an incitement of insurrection charge after he told supporters at a ‘Stop the Steal’ rally to descend on the Capitol and ‘fight like hell’

At the event, Giuliani spouted numerous false claims of election fraud and said: ‘If we’re right, a lot of them will go to jail. So let’s have trial by combat'

At the event, Giuliani spouted numerous false claims of election fraud and said: ‘If we’re right, a lot of them will go to jail. So let’s have trial by combat’

In total, five people were killed amid the mayhem, including one US Capitol Police officer who was struck in the head with a fire extinguisher during a melee with a mob of rioters

In total, five people were killed amid the mayhem, including one US Capitol Police officer who was struck in the head with a fire extinguisher during a melee with a mob of rioters

Trump was impeached by the House for an unprecedented second time last week on an incitement of insurrection charge after he told supporters at a ‘Stop the Steal’ rally to descend on the Capitol and ‘fight like hell’.

Riots then proceeded to break into the building, attack police and vandalized offices. The shocking scenes interrupted lawmakers as they worked to certify the results of the Electoral College.

In total, five people were killed amid the mayhem, including one US Capitol Police officer who was struck in the head with a fire extinguisher during a melee with a mob of rioters.

Trump faces a Senate trial next month, even though he is set to leave office on Wednesday morning.

On Saturday, Giuliani said he would be spearheading Trump’s defense during the trial – despite reports that the outgoing president has been refusing to pay him out of frustration for his failure to overturn the election.

The claim was then retracted by Giuliani less than 24 hours later, whereby he issued a statement saying he couldn’t represent Trump because he also had made a speech before the Capitol riot and was therefore a witness.

At the event, Giuliani spouted numerous false claims of election fraud and said: ‘If we’re right, a lot of them will go to jail. So let’s have trial by combat.’  


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