The rift between former Attorney General Bill Barr and former President Donald Trump is known and notable, but Barr told Lester Holt in an NBC interview that aired Sunday that he would not prosecute Trump if he were still Attorney General.
The rift between the two is significant. Barr does not support Trump’s contention that the election was “stolen” and did not present Trump in a positive light in his recent book, One Damn Thing After Another.
Further, Barr asserts that Trump was “responsible” for the environment that prompted the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
In his interview with Holt, Barr said:
“I do think he was responsible in the broad sense of that word, in that it appears that part of the plan was to send this group up to the Hill. I think the whole idea was to intimidate Congress. And I think that that was wrong.”
But Barr later qualified his statement by noting: “I haven’t seen anything to say he was legally responsible for it in terms of incitement.”
Holt also prompted Barr to comment on a recent report that the National Archives and Records Administration office discovered that Trump had 15 boxes of classified records sent to his home at Mar-a-Lago.
When Holt asked if Trump’s removing records to his home was a chargeable offense, Barr said: “To tell you the truth, I probably wouldn’t [pursue charges]. The whole classification system is done under executive order. It’s the President. The President decides everything.”
Not surprisingly, Trump has fired back. “Former Attorney General Bill Barr wouldn’t know voter fraud if it was staring him in the face—and it was,” Trump wrote in a statement released to his Save America platform.
“The fact is, [Barr] was weak, ineffective, and totally scared of being impeached, which the Democrats were constantly threatening to do. They ‘broke’ him. He should have acted much faster on the Mueller Report, instead of allowing the fake Russia, Russia, Russia, Hoax to linger for so long, but it was the Election Fraud and Irregularities that he refused to act on because he wanted to save his own hide—and he did,” the former President added.
Trump concluded, “He never got impeached, contempt charges never went forward, and the Democrats were very happy with him—but I wasn’t. The Unselect Committee of Political Hacks continues to spin its wheels in trying to fabricate a narrative that doesn’t exist.”
“The only thing they refuse to look into is the massive Election Fraud that took place in the 2020 Presidential Election.”
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