- In December, Bill Barr broke up with Trump and said there was no evidence of widespread election fraud.
- Trump upset Barr, according to ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl’s new book.
- “How could you do this to me? Why do you say that?” Trump asked Bear.
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in december After Attorney General Bill Barr told the Associated Press the Justice Department had not released evidence of broader voter fraud. President Donald Trump’s displeasure Based on the upcoming book by ABC News Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl.
“How could you do this to me? Why do you say that?” Trump asked Barr, who was considered an active ally of the president up until that point.
When Barr replied “because it̵7;s true,” Trump said: “You must hate Trump. You must hate Trump.”
The exchange is described in an excerpt from the book “Betrayal” published in the Atlantic on Sunday. The book is scheduled for release in November.
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The AP’s story about Barr’s comments comes a week after Trump published unconditional fraud allegations. Most of which have not been scrutinized by Republican leaders and others in the administration.
“Until now, we have not seen any degree of fraud that could result in different outcomes in elections,” Barr told the AP.
Barr told Karl he expected Trump to lose the election. But he investigated allegations of fraud because he knew Trump would ask him about it. Shortly after the election He told prosecutors in the Justice Department to investigate key allegations of fraud. This is different from the long-standing policy of the agency.
Barr himself examined some of the biggest claims related to election fraud, according to Karl.
“If there is evidence of fraud I have no motivation to suppress it,” Barr told Karl, “but my suspicion has always been that there was nothing there. It was all bison—”
After Trump confronted Barr about his comments to the AP, the attorney general left the meeting unsure if he still had a job. According to Karl, however, Barr stayed with the administration for a few more weeks while Trump continued to conflict with him and repeat fraud claims.
Barr resigned in mid-December with a letter of resignation praising the president profusely.