Recent comments by former Attorney General Bill Barr reveal why he didn’t prosecute voter fraud after last November’s election.
Barr’s comments were in a preview of ABC reporter Jonathan Karl’s new book, due for release in mid-November. And he repeated his claim that skepticism about the outcome of the 2020 election was ‘all bulls**t.’
In the weeks leading up to the election, Trump barnstormed the country with campaign rallies. And billionaire-funded activist groups and corrupt, partisan officials took total control of local election offices.
This led to multiple election violations which allowed more people to vote, and lower their risk of getting coronavirus. There were more blatant forms of vote fraud, mainly in swing states like Michigan and Georgia. But instead of investigating these allegations, Barr admitted that his heart wasn’t into doing the job he was appointed to do. But he still went through the motions of appearing to investigate at the president’s behest.
Here’s what Barr told Jonathan Karl for his upcoming book:
“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 bulls**t.”
This preview, which was released last Sunday in The Atlantic, outraged President Trump. He released a statement which blasted Barr for his inaction to look into election fraud.
“It’s people in authority like Bill Barr that allow the crazed Radical Left to succeed. He and other RINOs in the Republican Party are being used in order to try to convince people that the election was legitimate when so many incredible facts have now come out to show conclusively that it wasn’t.”
It appears that when there was little chance of overturning the election results, Republicans in Congress abandoned Trump. Instead, they focused on their political self-interests. Senator Mitch McConnell pressured Barr to accept the outcome, and focus on the January run-off elections for two U.S. Senate seats in Georgia. These would determine the balance of power in the Senate.
Here’s more of what Barr told Karl:
“Barr told me he had already concluded that it was highly unlikely that evidence existed that would tip the scales in the election.
“He had expected Trump to lose and therefore was not surprised by the outcome,” Karl continued. “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.”
Then during a heated Oval Office meeting, Barr deflected blame onto Trump’s lawyers for not pursuing the right legal strategy:
“You know, you only have five weeks, Mr. President, after an election to make legal challenges.
“This would have taken a crackerjack team with a really coherent and disciplined strategy. Instead, you have a clown show. No self-respecting lawyer is going anywhere near it. It’s just a joke. That’s why you are where you are.”
Barr’s never said that vote fraud hadn’t transpired. But only that the Justice Department had failed to uncover sufficient evidence of it. And this was probably from lack of effort from then-AG Barr and the Justice Department.
Here’s what Barr told the Associated Press on December 1:
“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
But in his resignation letter just weeks later, Barr conceded that the righteous effort to prevent the fraud had failed. That was because they “had been met by a partisan onslaught against you in which no tactic, no matter how abusive and deceitful, was out of bounds.”
In hindsight, a lot of the failure to prosecute voter fraud was due to the lack of both competent and loyal staff in the White House.
Trump ended his statement on Sunday by saying:
“Bill Barr was a disappointment in every sense of the word … [whose] weakness helped facilitate the cover up of the Crime of the Century, the Rigged 2020 Presidential Election!”
Looking back over the last four-plus years, it was much easier said than done to “Drain the Swamp” in D.C. Barring unforeseen events in the next year and a half, we’ll have to wait until the 2022 midterms to see much change in Washington.