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Trump Says He Wanted Bill Barr Impeached For Pursuing False Election Fraud Allegations

Former President Donald Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he encouraged Attorney General William Barr to investigate baseless voter fraud allegations following Trump’s defeat in the 2020 presidential election and

“He didn’t want to be impeached,” Mr. Trump said.

According to Mr. Barr, who recently published a book that Mr. Trump called “so bogus” in his Fox News interview, the US Department of Justice that Mr. Barr headed refused to investigate the fraud allegations. Mr. Trump’s campaign because there was no evidence. to support them.

“If Bill Barr had had the guts to do what he should have done, instead of fearing being impeached – I said, ‘Look, get impeached. I rose a lot in the polls when I was impeached. You need to be impeached, maybe,” Mr. Trump said. “But he was so afraid of being removed that he refused to do his job.”

He added: “I said, ‘Listen, get impeached. I rose a lot in the polls when I was impeached. You should be impeached, maybe. “”

Mr Trump was no stranger to impeachment during his four years in office, having been impeached twice – first for pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival, the current President Joe Biden, then for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Since leaving office in January last year, Mr Trump has continued to vigorously and falsely claim that Mr Biden was the beneficiary of voter fraud during his triumph over him in the 2020 election.

In the weeks following the election, Mr. Trump and his legal team have filed lawsuits and pushed for investigations in a number of closely contested states, hoping to swing the Electoral College result in the direction of the President. of the time. But they lacked the backing of Mr Barr’s Justice Department.

“How not to be indicted? Mr. Trump said. “You sit back, relax and wait out your term, and he did. And it was a sad thing, and a sad day for our country.

In fact, Mr. Barr did not wait out his term, voluntarily leaving office weeks before the end of the Trump administration.

It was a sudden rift in a political alliance that has often seen the Justice Department used as a tool to advance the president’s political goals. Mr Barr has been criticized for misrepresenting the findings of the special counsel’s investigation into Mr Trump, led the crackdown on Black Lives Matter protesters in the summer of 2020, was the target of complaints in ethics and, ahead of the 2020 election, worked to undermine popular trust in the integrity of the voting process.

In his new book, Mr. Barr wrote that Mr. Trump was enraged at his reluctance to support his claims of voter fraud and that he surrounded himself with “workers outside government, who fed him a steady diet of heartwarming but unsubstantiated conspiracy theories”.

Despite that assessment, Mr. Barr has pledged to back Mr. Trump if he is the Republican presidential nominee again in 2020.

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