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Donald Trump dropped quite a bombshell on Sunday afternoon about former Attorney General Bill Barr.
While speaking at CPAC in Dallas, Texas, Trump revealed that he received a letter from the U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia that Barr prevented the investigation of election fraud after the election.
Trump then looked over at Devin Nunes in the audience and said “Devin, you don’t even know about this yet.”
President Trump says the US Attorney in Pennsylvania revealed Bill Barr would not allow him to investigate Voter Fraud!
Philadelphia is second only to Detroit in crooked elections!
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) July 11, 2021
Donald Trump’s anger with former Attorney General Bill Barr may have been even worse than we originally knew.
According to a forthcoming book by ABC News Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl, Barr told reporters at the Associated Press back in December that the Justice Department had uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud.
Trump confronted Barr in person over the comments.
“How the f— could you do this to me? Why did you say it?” Trump asked Barr.
When Barr responded “because it’s true,” Trump said: “You must hate Trump. You must hate Trump.”
Back in December, Barr told Karl: “To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
Barr slammed Trump while speaking with Karl, saying he “expected Trump to lose the election” and claimed he “did look into” claims of fraud in the election.
“If there was evidence of fraud, I had no motive to suppress it,” Barr told Karl. “But my suspicion all the way along was that there was nothing there. It was all bullsh*t.”
Here’s more from Conservative Brief’s Carmine Sabia on Barr’s comments to the AP back in December:
“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 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.