Trump called Bill Barr a ‘phony’ who would have ‘licked the floor if I’d asked him to if I had won the election’ when AG tried to distant himself from fraud probe, book claims
- Trump lashed out at Barr after he publicly doubted the ex-president’s claims
- Trump attempted to ‘personally’ recruit a U.S. attorney in a swing district to probe the election results, according to author Michael Wolff
- Barr was a staunch Trump ally from the beginning of his tenure
- The former attorney general even directed U.S. attorneys to investigate ‘substantial allegations’ of election fraud after Biden was declared president
- The revelations come in Wolff’s third book about Trump, titled ‘Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency,’ detailing his final days in office
In the weeks following the November election, Barr – until then a staunch Trump ally – publicly began distancing himself from the former president’s wild claims of widespread fraud.
Trump had made personal calls to U.S. attorneys in swing districts urging them to open an investigation into President Joe Biden‘s victory, according to an excerpt of Michael Wolff’s book Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency in the Daily Beast.
When they didn’t, he turned his anger toward an increasingly distant Barr, claiming ‘If I had won, Barr would have licked the floor if I asked him to. What a phony!’
Donald Trump called Bill Barr a ‘phony’ after the former president failed to find a U.S. attorney to probe the 2020 election results, a new book claims (pictured holding a press conference in Bedminster on July 7)
Wolff’s third book on the Trump White House delves into the dramatic fallout of an outgoing president desperately trying to cling to power – even as his own circle expressed unease.
Barr resigned from his role in early December and stepped down after Christmas, seemingly drawing a line after months of walking in lock-step with Trump.
Wolff’s new book is his third about Donald Trump
He said in the weeks following the election the U.S. intelligence community found no evidence of fraud “on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election” in an interview with the Associated Press.
Months later Barr went even further and told The Atlantic that Trump’s claims were ‘bulls–t’ and he suspected ‘all the way along’ that ‘there was nothing there.’
His apparent initial suspicions did not dissuade him from launching an investigation into ‘substantial allegations’ that could ‘potentially impact the outcome’ of the race, just days after Biden was declared the 46th president, according to a Justice Department memo.
It was after pressure from fellow DOJ officials and Mitch McConnell that Barr voiced his opposition.
In the months leading up to the election Barr also echoed his boss’s unfounded criticisms of mail-in voting. He likened it to ‘playing with fire’ in an interview with CNN.
Barr’s sudden and direct criticism of Trump was seemingly a first for the longtime lawyer.
He previously dismissed allegations over Trump’s 2016 campaign seeking help from Russia as a ‘bogus narrative’ and even appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham to investigate Special Counsel Robert Muller’s probe of that election – which turned up no meaningful results and has now gone on longer than Mueller’s.
The latest revelation in the public fallout between Trump and Barr is just one of many bombshell claims Wolff makes in his book.
‘If I had won, Barr would have licked the floor if I asked him to. What a phony!’ Trump said of an increasingly distant then-attorney general
Barr, formerly a staunch Trump ally, said in the weeks following the election the U.S. intelligence community found no evidence of fraud “on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election” (pictured in September 2020)
Trump reportedly told a ‘stunned’ John Kelly during his 2018 Europe trip to mark 100 years since the end of World War I that ‘Hitler did a lot of good things.’
Kelly allegedly admonished Trump that ‘You cannot ever say anything supportive of Adolf Hitler,’ though the book claims Trump continued.
Another excerpt in Wolff’s book features a fearful ex-president fretting that Jeffrey Epstein’s close associate Ghislaine Maxwell would drag him into the late pedophile’s sex scandal and even mulled pardoning her.
‘Has she said anything about me?’ Trump said in January 2021, according to an excerpt of Wolff’s book in The Times. ‘Is she going to talk? Will she roll on anybody?’
Trump released a statement Friday blasting ‘authors of the ridiculous number of books’ written about him since his departure from the White House.
‘They write whatever they want to write anyway without sources, fact-checking, or asking whether or not an event is true or false,’ he said.
He called Wolff and other authors ‘bad people, adding ‘when reading the garbage that the Fake News Media puts out, please remember this and take everything with a “grain of salt.”’