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Former Attorney General William Barr has completed his backstabbing of President Donald Trump in a new book by ABC reporter Jon Karl.
A portion of the new book, titled “Betrayal,” was obtained by The Atlantic and it showed the break between Trump and Barr.
Barr said the break came after he told The Associated Press, “To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election.”
“There’s been one assertion that would be systemic fraud and that would be the claim that machines were programmed essentially to skew the election results. And the DHS and DOJ have looked into that, and so far, we haven’t seen anything to substantiate that,” he said on December 1, 2020.
“There’s a growing tendency to use the criminal justice system as sort of a default fix-all, and people don’t like something they want the Department of Justice to come in and ‘investigate,’” Barr said.
But Karl said that backstabber Barr had already believed that Trump was going to lose the election and his plan all along was to investigate the claims of voter fraud just so he could tell Trump that everything was legitimate.
“He had expected Trump to lose and therefore was not surprised by the outcome,” Karl said in the book. “He also knew that at some point, Trump was going to confront him about the allegations, and he wanted to be able to say that he had looked into them and that they were unfounded.”
But it was what Barr said to Karl that is raising eyebrows.
“My attitude was: It was put-up or shut-up time,” he said. “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 said he had briefings with cyber security experts who said that the idea that machines switched votes from Trump to Biden was unfounded.
“We realized from the beginning it was just bullshit,” he said. “It’s a counting machine, and they save everything that was counted. So you just reconcile the two. There had been no discrepancy reported anywhere, and I’m still not aware of any discrepancy.”
To McConnell, the road to maintaining control of the Senate was simple: Republicans needed to make the argument that with Biden soon to be in the White House, it was crucial that they have a majority in the Senate to check his power. But McConnell also believed that if he openly declared Biden the winner, Trump would be enraged and likely act to sabotage the Republican Senate campaigns in Georgia. Barr related his conversations with McConnell to me. McConnell confirms the account.
“Look, we need the president in Georgia,” McConnell told Barr, “and so we cannot be frontally attacking him right now. But you’re in a better position to inject some reality into this situation. You are really the only one who can do it.”
“I understand that,” Barr said. “And I’m going to do it at the appropriate time.”
Barr then recounted the conversation he had with Trump after he gave his interview to the AP.
Barr later told others that the comment was reminiscent of a line in the movie Dr. Strangelove, in which the main character, Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper, says, “I do not avoid women, Mandrake, but I do deny them my essence.” Trump, Barr thought, was saying that he had been denying him his essence.
Trump brought up Barr’s AP interview.
“Did you say that?”
“Yes,” Barr responded.
“How the fuck could you do this to me? Why did you say it?”
“Because it’s true.”
The president, livid, responded by referring to himself in the third person: “You must hate Trump. You must hate Trump.”