WASHINGTON – Former Attorney General William P. Barr writes in a new memoir that the former President Donald J. TrumpHis “looseness and lack of self-control” cost him the 2020 election, and said the “silly period in which he made his claim of ‘stolen elections’ I led to a riot on Capitol Hill.”
In the book, “Story after story: Memoirs of an Attorney General” Mr Barr also urged his fellow Republicans to choose another as the party’s candidate for the 2024 election, calling the prospect of another president run by Mr Trump “dismayed”.
“Donald Trump has shown he does not have the temperament nor the persuasive power to deliver the kind of positive leadership needed,” Barr wrote.
The memoir – which chronicles Mr. Barr’s time as attorney general under President George H. W. Bush and then again under Mr. Trump – defends his own actions in the Trump administration that have led to criticism. harsh quote from the Ministry of Justice. set aside its independence to yield to White House pressure.
Mr. Barr has long been considered a close ally of Mr. Trump. But both failed at the end of the Trump administration, when Mr. Barr refused to go along with Mr. Trump’s baseless claims that the 2020 election had been stolen.
In a statement last June, Mr. Trump denounced his former attorney general, calling him a “swamp creature” and “RINO” – meaning the Republican Party in the name of – who “fears, weak and frank, now i see what kind of person he is. say, pathetic. ”
For his part, Mr. Barr’s portrayal of Mr Trump as a president – although at times displaying the “threatening demeanor” of a powerful ruler as a “stick” to project an image of strength – has worked. within the railings set up by his advisers and achieved many conservative policy goals. However, Mr Trump “lost control” after the election, he wrote.
“He stopped listening to his advisers, became manic and irrational, and went off track,” Barr wrote. “He surrounded himself with collaborators, including a lot of hard work from outside the government, who provided him with a steady diet of comforting but unsavory conspiracy theories. support.”
Throughout the book, Mr. Barr scorns the media, accusing them of being “corrupt” and “actively advocating progressive thought.” According to him, the political left became radicalized during the second term of President Barack Obama. He compared its support for social justice issues to “the same kind of revolutionary and totalitarian ideas that fueled the French Revolution, the Communists of the Russian Revolution and the fascists in 20th century Europe”.
He also denounced the investigation by the FBI and then special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, into links between Russia and Trump campaign aides in 2016. He wrote that “the matter is really needed. investigation” is “how the fake Russiagate scandal came about. began, and why did the FBI leadership handle the matter in such an inexplicable and heavy-handed manner? “
Mr Barr dismissed the “drip” criticism that his summary of the special counsel’s report he gave before it was made public was distortion in in a way that benefits Mr. Trump. Mr. Barr insisted that his description – including his claim that Mr. Trump did not obstruct justice – was “absolutely accurate”.
Defending that conclusion, Mr. Barr wrote that it was “the simple fact that the president never did anything to interfere with the special counsel’s investigation.”
But his book doesn’t mention any specific incidents that the Mueller report raises the possibility of concerns about obstruction of justicesuch as Mr. Trump pendant One pardon at his former campaign chairman, Paul J. Manafortwhile urging Mr. Manafort not to cooperate with the investigation.
In a chapter titled “Fairness on Reservations, Even Against Fraudsters,” Barr defended his handling of two other cases that arose from Mueller’s investigation. Mr. Barr wrote that it was “reasonable” for him leveled prosecutor and seeking a more lenient sentence for Mr. Trump’s ally, Roger J. Stone Jr.
And solve his decision to drop the prosecution Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, for lying to the FBI – although Mr. Flynn pleaded guilty – he wrote that the evidence was insufficient, that the FBI’s handling of the case was “a mistake” abuse of power” and Mr. Mueller’s charges against him are “unfair”.
While in office, Barr lamented that Mr. Trump’s public comments about the Justice Department had undermined his ability to do his job.
“Although I have made decisions based on what I think is correct in accordance with the law and facts, if my decisions are consistent with the expressed opinion of the president, then attacking it would have been easier for me to act politically motivated,” he wrote.
Mr. Barr also described resisting Mr. Trump’s bid on a number of occasions. He declined to accuse former FBI director James B. Comey Jr. for allegedly leaking classified information; asserts that the administration has run out of time to add the citizenship question to the 2020 census; and rejected Mr. Trump’s “bad” idea that he could use an executive order to end birthright citizenship for children born in the United States to undocumented immigrants. sheet.
Lawyers at the White House and the Justice Department had to talk to Mr. Trump about those ideas, which could be “bruised” and tantamount to “eating a grenade,” he wrote.
Regarding the scandal that led to Mr. Trump’s first impeachment, in which Mr. Trump withheld aid to Ukraine as leverage to try to get the Ukrainian president to announce an investigation into Joseph R. Biden Jr., Mr. Barr was harsh.
Mr Barr called it “another mess – this is self-made and the result of barbaric stupidity”, a “branded gambit” and “stupid beyond belief”. But while he described Mr Trump’s conversation with the Ukrainian president on the subject as “pointless and pitiful”, he maintained that it did not become a “criminal”.
Similarly, Mr. Barr wrote that he did not think Mr. Trump’s actions before January 6 attack on the Capitol – which he condemned in a statement the next day as “staged a mob to pressure Congress” and “betrayed his office and his supporters” – met the legal standard for incitement, even though it is “wrong”.
The book opens on December 1, 2020, meeting with Mr. Trump a few hours later Mr. Barr gave an interview contrasted with the president’s claims of a stolen election, saying that the Justice Department had “not seen fraud on a scale that could have led to a different outcome in the election.”
Mr Trump was furious, he wrote, accusing Mr. Barr of “pulling the rug off me” and saying he must “hate Trump”. After Mr. Barr said he explained why the allegations of various frauds were baseless, he offered to resign and Mr. Trump slammed the table and shouted “accepted!” Mr. Trump reversed himself when Mr. Barr left the White House, but Mr. Barr resign before the end of the month.
His book expands on that topic, going through the “fraudulent claims with no fact” that Mr. Trump has made and explaining why the Justice Department found them baseless. He lists a number of reasons, for example, that claims about the Dominion voting machine being targeted by hacking are “complete nonsense” and “nonsense.”
“The election was not stolen,” Barr wrote. “Trump lost it.”
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