Former AG Bill Barr Wants Republicans To ‘Move On’ From Trump, Blames Him For Capitol Riot
Attorney General William “Bill” Barr appears to have broken totally with his former boss, if reports about his upcoming memoir are accurate.
In the book, Barr reportedly claims President Trump “lost his grip” and was exhibiting erratic behavior in the final days of his first term, blaming him for the January 6 riot at the Capitol.
Barr made the comments, according to a Wall Street Journal review, in his upcoming book “One Damn Thing After Another.”
“The election was not ‘stolen,’ Trump lost it,” he writes, urging the Republican party to move on from the former President and his “erratic personal behavior” in 2024.
The book is set to be released on March 8th.
The publisher promises a “candid account” of Barr’s two stints as attorney general – under Trump and once under President George H.W. Bush – and will demonstrate “how both men viewed power and justice at critical junctures of their presidencies.”
Trump “has neither the temperament nor persuasive powers” to lead, former AG William Barr said in a new book, urging Republicans to focus on new leaders https://t.co/3KiGqri4fa
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) February 27, 2022
Barr Says Riot Was Trump’s Fault
Delving further into his book, Barr echoes sentiments expressed by other ‘Never Trumpers’ such as Representatives Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), implying that the Capitol riot in 2021 was Trump’s fault.
Barr suggests Trump lost his grip on reality after losing to Joe Biden in the election.
“The absurd lengths to which he took his ‘stolen election’ claim led to the rioting on Capitol Hill,” he claimed.
An odd statement considering anybody who watched Hillary Clinton’s reaction after losing to Trump in 2016 knows that ‘stolen election’ claims, inaccurate or otherwise, have been around for quite some time.
Barr has reportedly spoken to the House select committee investigating the January 6 riot according to chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS).
“We’ve had conversations with the former attorney general already,” Thompson revealed in an interview last month.
President Trump: Bill Barr is another RINO. Do not trust the Republican Party. RINOS are more dangerous than Democrats. #VoteTrump2024
— TheLeoTerrell (@TheLeoTerrell) February 28, 2022
Democrats Wanted Barr Impeached
Barr accused Trump’s inner circle of feeding him misinformation about the election.
“He stopped listening to his advisers, became manic and unreasonable, and was off the rails,” Barr reportedly writes.
“He surrounded himself with sycophants, including many whack jobs from outside the government, who fed him a steady diet of comforting but unsupported conspiracy theories.”
Barr, you may recall, was the subject of his own impeachment calls by Democrats for his alleged role in clearing out rioters in the summer of 2020.
In a formal impeachment resolution, House Democrat Steve Cohen (TN) accused him of having “undermined the rule of law, abused his power, obstructed justice [and] violated the first amendment.”
Cohen took exception to the former attorney general’s alleged role in a decision to remove rioters from Lafayette Square during a protest last in June of 2020.
The resolution to investigate and consider the impeachment of Barr had 35 Democrat co-sponsors.
Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen branded Attorney General William Barr as “Chicken Barr” after Barr did not appear for a House Judiciary Committee hearing. CNN’s Jeanne Moos reports. ??? https://t.co/BKsOiCNd2Q pic.twitter.com/sD7ViwxjdP
— CNN (@CNN) May 3, 2019
Barr was accused of helping clear out protesters at Lafayette Park so Trump could get a Bible photo-op.
An Interior Department report published this past June shows police never cleared the protesters for that reason, as was often reported by the mainstream media.
The report by the department’s Inspector General indicates federal police officers cleared the park instead so a contractor could install fencing.
“That finding … is likely to surprise many critics of Trump, who have long asserted that the president or his attorney general ordered the operation to pave the way for an act of political theater,” NBC News reported.
BREAKING: Interior Dept. IG report says police cleared protesters from D.C.’s Lafayette Park over fencing installation, not for Trump photo op, @KenDilanianNBC reports. “A narrative we thought we knew is not the reality.” #MTPDaily
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) June 9, 2021
False narratives have ensnared Barr himself in the past. You’d think he’d have a bit of self-awareness.
“Donald Trump has shown he has neither the temperament nor persuasive powers to provide the kind of positive leadership that is needed,” Barr also wrote in his memoir.