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Jan. 6 Committee Has Had ‘Conversations’ With Former AG William Barr, Chairman Reveals

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol insurrection has had “conversations” with former Attorney General William Barr, who was failed, one-term former President Donald Trump’s handpicked choice to run the Justice Department.

According to Jan.6 committee chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS):

“We’ve had conversations with the former attorney general already. We have talked to Department of Defense individuals. We are concerned that our military was part of this big lie on promoting that the election was false. So, if you are using the military to potentially seize voting machines, even though it’s a discussion, the public needs to know. We’ve never had that before.”

Barr resigned in December of 2020 as Trump continued to push his “Big Lie” about the presidential election being stolen from him. The ex-president and his supporters have yet to provide any credible evidence that there were irregularities in how the vote was conducted or counted.

Earlier this week, we learned that an executive order had been drafted for Trump which would have ordered the Secretary of Defense to have the National Guard seize voting machines across the United States:

The order, which was never signed by Trump, would also have appointed a special counsel “to institute all criminal and civil proceedings as appropriate based on the evidence collected,” and calls on the defense secretary to release an assessment 60 days after the action started, which would have been well after Trump was set to leave office on Jan. 20, 2021.

Thompson confirmed that report, telling CBS News host Margaret Brennan on Sunday:

“We have information that between the Department of Justice, a plan was put forward to potentially seize voting machines in the country and utilize Department of Defense assets to make that happen.”

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Former AG Bill Barr Was Served With Legal Summons And ‘Did Not Appear Happy’ About It

Former Attorney General William Barr isn’t used to being on the receiving end of bad legal news, but that’s exactly what happened today when he was served with a summons at his home in McLean, Virginia.

The summons is part of a lawsuit filed by former Trump attorney/fixer Michael Cohen, who alleges that Barr and ex-President Trump violated his First Amendment rights in 2020.

Specifically, according to Law & Crime, Cohen alleges that Barr had him placed in solitary confinement when it became known that he was writing a tell-all book:

Donald Trump’s former fixer turned critic Michael Cohen sued the former president, ex-Attorney General Bill Barr and other members of the previous administration on Thursday for sending him back to prison last year for 16 days of solitary confinement in alleged retaliation for writing a book.

U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein ruled in July of 2020 that it was clear the DOJ under Barr’s instructions, wanted to silence him, writing:

“I make the finding that the purpose of transferring Mr. Cohen from furlough and home confinement to jail is retaliatory, and it’s retaliatory because of his desire to exercise his First Amendment rights to publish a book and to discuss anything about the book or anything else he wants on social media and with others.”

Word that Barr had been served came from Andrew Laufer, an attorney for Cohen, who noted that Barr was “wearing shorts and did not appear happy.”

Cohen also confirmed that Barr had been slapped with the summons, doing a bit of celebrating on Twitter:

 

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Bartiromo Screamed At Barr When He Refused To Steal The 2020 Election For Trump: Report

Fox News host Maria Bartiromo got into an enraged shouting match with then-Attorney General William Barr because he refused to say there had been widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election, according to a new book from Jonathan Karl that will be released on Tuesday.

CNN reports that Bartiromo was livid that Barr wouldn’t join the attempt by some in the Trump administration to delegitimize the results which clearly showed Joe Biden would be the next president:

“Betrayal,” by ABC’s chief Washington correspondent Jon Karl, highlights Bartiromo’s damaging role as a promoter of reckless lies about the election.

In the book, which comes out on Tuesday, Karl writes that “Bartiromo had once been a widely respected and trailblazing financial journalist. As a correspondent for CNBC, she was the first television reporter to report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Now she had her own show on Fox News and she was using it to boost a series of unfounded allegations designed to overturn a presidential election.”

Barr confirmed to Karl that the conversation with Bartiromo did indeed take place and that he refused to budge when she demanded he cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election:

“She called me up and she was screaming,” Barr told Karl on the record. “I yelled back at her. She’s lost it.”

Karl said he reached out to Bartiromo for a response, because, “after all, it’s highly inappropriate for a journalist to call the attorney general and demand he do something related to a criminal investigation.”

“Bartiromo did not respond,” Karl wrote, “but a Fox News spokesperson did get back to me and denied Barr’s account of the conversation on Bartiromo’s behalf.”

As we long suspected, Fox News and other right-wing media outlets such as Newsmax and One America News were all part of the larger conspiracy to stage a coup that would allow Trump to remain in power indefinitely. The riots at the Capitol on Jan. 6 were also part of that plot, and are being investigated by the House Select Committee.

Every single person who played any role in the attempt to destroy this republic and our representative democracy should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. That includes Maria Bartiromo, who should also be shown the door by Fox.

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Trump Now Claims Bill Barr Stole The 2020 Election For Biden

Ever since he lost badly in the 2020 election to President Joe Biden, failed, one-term, twice-impeached former President Donald Trump has been spinning one conspiracy theory after another about why he was beaten so badly.

At first, you probably recall, Trump claimed that millions of votes had been counted two or three times, providing the margin of victory for Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

After that, Trump began targeting specific states, alleging massive fraud in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, and other battleground states. However, no evidence of fraud was ever found, even though numerous recounts and audits were performed in those key states.

Now, however, proving that he truly has lost what was left of his already addled brain, Trump is blaming his former attorney general, William Barr, and the Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, for conspiring to deliver the state of Pennsylvania to Biden and Harris.

In a letter he wrote in response to a Wall Street Journal editorial which noted that Biden won the Keystone State by more than 80,000 votes, the ex-president went all-in on the tinfoil hat wearing craziness, asserting:

“Well actually, the election was rigged, which you, unfortunately, still haven’t figured out. Here are just a few examples of how determinative the voter fraud in Pennsylvania was.”

Going over a litany of already debunked claims about supposed “fraud” in Pennsylvania, Trump then turned to Barr and Zuckerberg:

“Attorney General Bill Barr ordered U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain to stand down and not investigate election irregularities. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook poured over $17 million to interfere in the Pennsylvania election, including $5.5 million on ‘ballot processing equipment’ in Philadelphia and $552,000 for drop boxes where the voting pattern was not possible.”

Oh, and the Donald also managed to repeat a line about “phantom” voters casting ballots, a claim that was also made in Arizona but proven to be utterly incorrect when the Arizona audit was completed, along with a flourish of dementia that there were “numerous reports and sworn affidavits attested to poll watcher intimidation and harassment, many by brute force.”

Did Trump offer any proof his allegations? Of course not! He has nothing to support his claims, much the same way he never has any facts to back up the lies he tells about everything from the weather to how rich he is.

Since he’s convinced that his own hand-picked attorney general conspired against him, here’s hoping the current AG will indeed go after Trump and charge him with the many crimes he’s committed.

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Barr Told Trump He’d Lose The 2020 Election Because ‘You Act Like An A**hole’

In April of 2020, then-Attorney General William Barr explained to Donald Trump what he thought about the president’s chances of winning a second term in office, and what he told Trump almost certainly enraged him.

Business Insider reports that based on the book, Peril, written by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Barr’s analysis of why Trump likely had little chance of reelection was bracingly honest:

“In my opinion,” Barr told Trump during a tense Oval Office meeting, according to the book, “this is not a base election. Your base is critical, and you’ll get it out. And there are a lot of people out there, independents and Republicans in the suburbs of the critical states that think you’re an asshole. They think you act like an asshole and you got to, you got to start taking that into account.”

Indeed, Trump was said to be obsessed with winning by turning out his most eager supporters, but others reportedly warned him that wouldn’t be enough to carry him to victory. Despite that, Trump never tried to reach out to independents or moderate Republican, many of whom he publicly chastised for not being with him on every single issue.

Barr also told Trump that his sense of how the nation was leaning was mistaken and would lead to his defeat:

The attorney general went on to tell the president that he had become a Beltway “captive” and needed to appeal to a broader group of voters than just his diehard base, the book said.

Barr is said to have debated how best to approach the conversation with Trump last year, while the US was grappling with a deadly and widespread pandemic and as the president refused to acknowledge the reality of the threat.

According to “Peril,” he decided the best option was to be direct and told Trump that with the way he was handling things, “you’re going to lose” the election.

Trump repeatedly lashed out at his perceived enemies during the 2020 campaign, which only served to make him look petty and childish. Barr brought that to the president’s attention, too:

“Your base cares about seeing [former FBI director James Comey] and the rest of those guys held accountable, but these other people don’t,” Barr said, according to the book. “They don’t care about your fucking grievances. And it just seems that every time you’re out there, you’re talking about your goddamn grievances.”

The solution, Barr believed, was for Trump to focus on the issues that mattered most to Americans: The COVID-19 pandemic and faltering economy, “not all this other shit, not every grievance you have.”

In the end, Trump refused to accept Barr’s advice, telling the AG, “I need to be a fighter. I’ve gotten where I am because I’m willing to fight.”

But all that fighting only succeeded in making Trump a failed, one-term, twice-impeached loser. And while he may think he can run again in 2024 and win, deep in what passes for his heart he knows he’ll lose if he tries. He’s destined to be one of the biggest failures in U.S. history.