Trump Responds, Slams ‘Slow, Lethargic’ Former AG Bill Barr
Former President Trump sent a scathing three-page letter to Lester Holt after the “NBC Nightly News” anchor interviewed his former attorney general Bill Barr.
Barr is set to have a book published on Tuesday titled, “One Damn Thing After Another,” in which he accuses Trump of having “lost his grip” and exhibiting erratic behavior in the final days of his first term.
He took part in an interview with Holt that Trump clearly took umbrage with.
As is typical of correspondence from the former President, Trump came out swinging, calling Barr “slow, lethargic,” and more interested in “being accepted by the corrupt Washington Media and Elite than serving the American people.”
He attributed Barr’s shift in rhetoric – from being a staunch supporter of Trump to providing soundbites for Democrats – to the resistance party having “broke(n) him just like a trainer breaks a horse.”
The letter indicates Trump allegedly provided a report about supposed election corruption. And he is clearly dismayed that Barr never investigated the corruption despite there being no evidence of widespread fraud.
— Alex Thompson (@AlexThomp) March 7, 2022
Trump Slams ‘Big Disappointment” Bill Barr
President Trump also hammers Bill Barr for not defending him following the Mueller investigation and for failing to pursue matters related to alleged spying on his campaign.
“As everyone now knows, my campaign was SPIED on and Bill Barr did nothing about it,” he charged. “Comey, McCabe, the Two Lovers (Peter Strzok and Lisa Page), and everyone all the way up and down knew what was happening.”
Bill Barr is a fraud. He failed President Trump and America.
Now he’s getting rich by trashing Trump in his new book.
— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) March 7, 2022
In his book, Barr, according to those who have seen excerpts, appears to do a little trash-talking of his own, accusing Trump of being responsible for the Capitol riot following the 2020 election.
“The absurd lengths to which he took his ‘stolen election’ claim led to the rioting on Capitol Hill,” Barr flat-out states.
“The election was not ‘stolen,’ Trump lost it,” he continued before urging the GOP to move on from the former President and his “erratic personal behavior” in 2024.
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 He Would Not Prosecute
Despite asserting that Trump is responsible for the January 6 riot, Bill Barr insists in his interview with Lester Holt that he would not prosecute him for his alleged role.
“I do think he was responsible in the broad sense of that word, in that it appears that part of the plan was to send this group up to the Hill,” he told Holt. “I think the whole idea was to intimidate Congress. And I think that that was wrong.”
That said, he added, “I haven’t seen anything to say he was legally responsible for it in terms of incitement.”
Bill Barr says he told Trump that he “wheeled out a clown show of lawyers .. just a bunch of clowns” to claim election fraud, that he hopes he doesn’t run for president again, and that “he was responsible” for what happened on J6. pic.twitter.com/mEDtAWoRmy
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) March 4, 2022
Trump defends himself in the letter to Holt noting he encouraged protesters to act “peacefully” and calling the committee investigating his alleged role in the riot a “witch hunt.”
He then takes another jab at Barr and his memoir.
“I would imagine that if the book is anything like him, it will be long, slow, and very boring,” adding that “Bill Barr was not one of my better (Cabinet) picks.”