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Former Lawyer Basic Invoice Barr stated he grew to become “demoralized” when discussing allegations of voting fraud tied to Dominion voting machines with former President Donald Trump as a result of Trump had “change into indifferent from actuality if he actually believes these things.”
Showing on the Jan. 6 committee listening to Monday by way of video testimony recorded earlier, Barr informed the panel that Trump had no real interest in what the info have been.
“Earlier than the election, it was doable to speak sense to the president and, when you typically needed to interact in an enormous wrestling match with him, it was doable to maintain issues on observe,” Barr stated in interviews recorded earlier this 12 months with the committee. “I felt that after the election he did not appear to be listening.”
Claims that the voting machines of Dominion Voting Methods had been tampered with have been woven into one of many largest conspiracy theories to come back out of the 2020 election. Dominion later sued Fox in a $1.6 billion defamation go well with that’s nonetheless pending.
Even earlier than the polls closed on Nov. 3, Trump had mentioned the potential voter fraud, and for weeks after he floated numerous allegations of how the election was “stolen” that have been ultimately debunked. Of all Trump’s allegations, Barr discovered these associated to Dominion probably the most disturbing.
“Disturbing within the sense that I noticed truly zero foundation for the allegations,” he stated, “however they have been made in such a sensational method that they clearly have been influencing lots of people.”
Barr informed the Jan. 6 committee that the primary time he talked to Trump after the election was Nov. 23. Barr’s intent to resign was introduced on Dec. 14.
“The [Justice] division shouldn’t be an extension of your authorized workforce,” he stated he informed Trump, including that Trump’s claims of election fraud have been “not meritorious.”
He stated that he requested Mark Meadows, the White Home chief of employees, and Jared Kushner, the president’s adviser and son-in-law, after the assembly with Trump: “How lengthy is he going to hold on with this stolen election stuff?”
Meadows, Barr stated, replied: “I believe that he is changing into extra lifelike.”
Kushner, he stated, replied: “Yeah, we’re engaged on this. We’re engaged on it.”
Regardless of his testimony to the Jan. 6 committee, Barr would not rule out voting for Trump once more, however that Republicans should not nominate him once more.
“It will be an enormous mistake to place him ahead, but when he was the nominee I might vote for him over the Democrat.” Barr informed Newsmax’s Sean Spicer in April.