The 2020 accusations of electoral fraud by former President Donald Trump are “nonsense”, as the former US attorney general, William Barr, who held the position between February 2019 and December, dared to describe the statements of the former president. 2020 during the term of the Republican magnate.
The phrase is revealed in the book Betrayal, written by ABC News chief Washington DC correspondent Jonathan Karl, to be published in November and of which The Atlantic magazine published an excerpt today.
The text, which is based on a series of interviews with the former attorney general and his assistants, describes how Barr broke with Trump after the presidential election last November, which was won by Democrat Joe Biden.RELATED
Trump did not acknowledge Biden’s victory and alleged that electoral fraud had taken place without providing evidence, being an accusation that lasted for several weeks.
Barr told Karl that at the time he was faced with a “take it or leave it” dilemma in justifying his decision to approve investigations into these fraud allegations, which included unofficial inquiries he conducted himself.
“If there was evidence of fraud, I had no reason to contain it (the investigations), but my suspects all the time were that there was nothing. It was all bullshit,” he said. How does the conflict between Barr and Trump arise?
Barr also claimed that accusations by Trump and his associates that the vote counting machines had been rigged to alter the direction of the vote in favor of Biden are not true.
“We realized from the beginning that it was all just nonsense (or hoax),” said Barr, who last December decided to break definitively with Trump by giving an interview to AP News to clarify that the Department he headed had not seen “fraud. on a scale that could have affected a different election outcome. “
After seeing the publication of the interview, Trump and Barr had a bitter meeting at the White House, where the president exploded against him and asked “How are you doing this to me? Why are you saying it?”, To which the prosecutor General replied “because it is true”.
The president then replied, “You must hate Trump, you must hate Trump,” speaking of himself in the third person.
Trump also rebuked Barr for not indicting Biden’s son, Hunter, for his business in Ukraine.
After two weeks, Barr submitted his resignation, while the president continued to insist on his unfounded allegations that there was electoral fraud.
The book also exposes the pressures of the then leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, -now he is from the minority in that chamber- on Barr to raise his voice against those Trump allegations.
According to the former United States Attorney General, McConnell conveyed to him that these accusations were hurting the country and the Republican Party, as well as the Conservatives’ efforts to win in the January Georgia special election, which were crucial in deciding who would win. it took control of the Upper House.
McConnell later confirmed Barr’s claims to the book’s author.