The former attorney general told Karl he knew Trump would push him to investigate and confirm the president’s frequently asserted belief that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him – and that Barr suspected from the start that ‘no widespread fraud had taken place. .
He also said Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell – understandably concerned about the upcoming Senate polls in Georgia – had encouraged him to speak out on the integrity of the election.
Barr’s conclusion that there had been no widespread fraud, which he shared with an Associated Press reporter in early December, angered Trump, who spoke about him in the third person.
“You must hate Trump. You must hate Trump, ”Barr said quoting Trump at a later meeting.
Karl wrote: “Barr thought the president was trying to control himself, but he looked angrier than he had ever seen him.”
Barr said he also told Trump that the president undermined his own efforts by launching a scattered and incoherent legal team (“a clown show”) to challenge the election results – which he said Trump agreed.