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Donald Trump calls former Attorney General Barr 'disappointment' after remarks on 2020 election claims

News Agencies | Updated on: 28 June 2021, 10:20 IST
Former US Attorney General William Barr (Credit: Reuters)

Former US President Donald Trump on Sunday (local time) called his former Attorney General William Barr a 'disappointment in every sense of the word' following the latter describing Trump's repeated unsubstantiated claims about the 2020 election as "bullshit" in an upcoming week.

"Bill Barr was a disappointment in every sense of the word. Besides which, Barr, who was Attorney General (lawyer) shouldn't be speaking about the President," The Hill quoted a statement by Trump on late Sunday.

He added: "Instead of doing his job, he did the opposite and told people within the Justice Department not to investigate the election. Just like he did with the Mueller report and the cover up of Crooked Hillary and RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA, they don't want to investigate the real facts. Bill Barr's weakness helped facilitate the cover up of the Crime of the Century, the Rigged 2020 Presidential Election!"

Trump further described Barr as a "RINO" who "really let down the American people" and complained about Barr's handling of the 2020 election and bemoaned that his former attorney general did not sufficiently investigate wrongdoing during the Obama administration.

"Now it was revealed that Barr was being pushed to tell lies about the election by Mitch McConnell, another beauty, who was worried about damaging the Republicans chances in the Georgia runoff," Trump said.


In a newly published excerpt from an upcoming book "Betrayal", Barr described the rapidly deteriorating relationship he had with Trump as the then-president became more vocal in his belief that the 2020 election was fraudulent, reported The Hill.

"If there was evidence of fraud, I had no motive to suppress it. But my suspicion all the way along was that there was nothing there. It was all bullshit," Barr told journalist Jonathan Karl.

Barr also told Karl that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had urged him to push back against Trump's falsehoods, worrying that Trump's rhetoric would cost the Republicans in January's Senate runoffs in Georgia.

Since the results of the 2020 presidential election, Trump had spent months claiming that the election was rigged against him, pointing to what he calls suspicious votes in Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania and elsewhere.

According to The Hill, Trump had pointed to Barr's words in his resignation letter where he said that he was "greatly honoured" to have served in the Trump administration.

Barr went on to praise Trump at the time, highlighting "the many successes and unprecedented achievements you have delivered for the American people. Your record is all the more historic because you accomplished it in the face of relentless implacable resistance."

Barr has long faced criticism from Democrats who said he served as Trump's personal attorney and defended the former president rather than the interests of the American public.


First published: 28 June 2021, 10:20 IST