Former AG Bill Barr concedes that he intends to vote for Trump over Biden in November's election

 April 18, 2024

Former Attorney General Bill Barr, who abruptly resigned from the Trump administration following the 2020 election, has since then been a frequent and vocal critic of his prior boss, former President Donald Trump, and his disputed claims about election fraud.

Yet, Barr just conceded in an interview on Wednesday that he will nevertheless vote for Trump -- or, more precisely, the "Republican ticket" -- when it comes time for him to cast his ballot in November, The Hill reported.

For all of his misgivings about Trump and despite their disagreements on certain issues, Barr explained that he viewed President Joe Biden and the "progressive agenda" of Democrats as posing a greater threat to the nation's survival.

Barr admits he will vote for Trump

On Wednesday, former AG Barr appeared on Fox News' "America's Newsroom" to discuss a variety of issues, including a recent report about communist China's responsibility for the fentanyl crisis, former President Trump's dubious criminal trial in New York, a couple of pending Supreme Court cases that directly or potentially involve Trump, and how he intends to vote in the upcoming election.

"I heard you call this hush money case 'outrageous.' And I also know you’ve been asked many times -- you’ve had your disagreements with the former president," co-host Bill Hemmer said to Barr mid-way through the discussion. "He’s the presumptive nominee -- we assume he will be the nominee. Will you support him in 2024?"

"Well, I’ve said all along, given two bad choices, I think it’s my duty to pick the person I think would do the least harm to the country. And in my mind, that's -- I will vote the Republican ticket. I will support the Republican ticket."

"I think the real danger to the country -- the real danger to democracy, as I say -- is the progressive agenda," he added. "Trump may be playing Russian roulette, but a continuation of the Biden administration is national suicide in my opinion."

Previously signaled an openness to supporting Trump's re-election bid

CNN reported on former AG Barr's concession that he will vote for former President Trump's re-election in November and noted the similarity of that statement on Wednesday to remarks that he made in a CNN interview last year in August.

In the prior interview, Barr said, "My view is that, if you feel that one of two people is going to be president -- in other words, there’s no third option -- one of two people are going to be president, then, at that point, you have to do your soul-searching as to which one you think would do least harm to the country. And that’s the analysis that I would do."

That admission that he will vote for Trump over President Biden stands in stark contrast to some of Barr's previous critiques of his former boss, particularly concerning the post-2020 election disputes and the Jan. 6 Capitol riot of 2021.

Barr has been highly critical of Trump over the past few years

CNN noted that Barr resigned in December 2020 after openly disagreeing with then-President Trump about the outcome of that year's election, and later asserted his belief that Trump knew he had lost and was deliberately lying about election fraud to try and stay in power.

He even testified in 2022 before the Democratic House committee that investigated the 2021 Capitol riot and explained why Trump's claims of a fraudulent election were "bogus" and how he had not seen any convincing evidence of sufficient fraud to alter the outcome of the presidential race.

Barr has also been critical of Trump's claims that he is being unfairly prosecuted for political reasons, at least with respect to the federal classified documents case, though as was pointed out during the Fox News interview, he has also sharply critiqued the New York "hush money" case as being far-fetched and a politicized stretch of inapplicable laws against Trump.

The Hill noted that Barr has further expressed concerns about the potential for Trump and his worst instincts to be unconstrained during a second term in office, though it would seem that he views that possible danger as being less of a threat to America than a second term for President Biden and the "progressive agenda" his administration has pursued.

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