The relationship between Donald Trump and former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr appeared to fray just before Barr departed his office ahead of the former president’s official exit from the White House.
According to The Hill, their relationship appears to have devolved into outright hostility, as the two have recently traded barbs in the wake of the release of a book excerpt in which Barr was quoted as labeling Trump’s allegations of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election as “all bull—t.”
Barr was first publicly targeted by Trump after the former AG released a bombshell report following the 2020 election in which he claimed “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election,” as the Associated Press reported at the time.
Shots fired on both sides
The Hill reported this week that Trump had harsh words for Barr in a statement released Tuesday, condemning the former Justice Department head as a “swamp creature.”
“I lost confidence in Bill Barr long before the 2020 Presidential Election Scam,” Trump’s statement read, claiming that Barr “was devastated when the Radical Left wanted to impeach him.”
“It takes a very strong and special person to go against the ‘mob,'” the former president wrote, adding: “Bill Barr was not that person.”
“The facts are rapidly coming out in States and Courts about the 2020 Presidential Election Scam, and let’s see if Bill Barr, a man who was unable to handle the pressure, was correct? The answer will be a resounding, NO!” Trump concluded in his fiery counter-attack.
Barr dismissed claims of election fraud
Trump’s broadside came following the release of excerpts from a book written by ABC News’ Jonathan Karl. Titled, Betrayal, the book contains a quote in which Barr crudely dismissed Trump’s contention that his election loss was the result of widespread voter and ballot fraud.
“If there was evidence of fraud, I had no motive to suppress it,” Barr was quoted as saying. “But my suspicion all the way along was that there was nothing there. It was all bull—t.” In addition to Barr, Trump also went after the book’s author, accusing Karl of being a disseminator of “fake news” while insisting that Karl’s story was “made-up beyond any level imaginable.”
Barr’s remarks seem to fly in the face of earlier media portrayals of him as being a fanatical, Trump loyalist, which included a piece published by New York Magazine in which he was accused of going “full MAGA.”
In the piece, writer Jonathan Chait said Barr had “shocked his erstwhile supporters with his aggressive and frequently dishonest interventions on behalf of President Trump.”
While it’s too bad that Barr had to go out on such a sour note after appearing to be a solid pick by the former president early on, his feud with Trump will soon be forgotten, and of little consequence, as Trump prepares to help Republicans sweep the House in the 2022 midterms.