There has been bad blood between former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr and his former boss, Donald Trump, for some time now. Accusations from Trump of foot dragging on Barr’s part seems to have soured what had initially appeared to be a potentially good working relationship.
To make matters worse, as you may have heard, Barr was recently accused of actively discouraging investigation of allegations of vote fraud during the November 2020 Presidential election. Today, we hear Barr’s response to those accusations. Zachary Stieber writes,
Former U.S. Attorney General William Barr is denying the allegation that he pressured a U.S. attorney not to pursue a voter fraud probe.
William McSwain, who was a U.S. attorney in Pennsylvania from 2018 until January, said he wanted to fully investigate fraud allegations in the wake of the 2020 election, but Barr “instructed me not to make any public statements or put out any press releases regarding possible election irregularities.”
Barr also directed McSwain “to pass along serious allegations to the State Attorney General for investigation—the same State Attorney General who had already declared that you could not win,” McSwain wrote in a recent letter, referring to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat who has repeatedly posted anti-Trump statements.
Barr, who was then-President Donald Trump’s top law enforcement officer for several years, denied the allegations in interviews with several news outlets.
“Any suggestion that McSwain was told to stand down from investigating allegations of election fraud is false. It’s just false,” Barr told The Washington Post.
Barr said McSwain’s allegation “appeared to have been made to mollify President Trump to gain his support for McSwain’s planned run for governor.”
So, Barr says that McSwain told Trump what he thought that Trump wanted to hear in order to gain Trump’s political support in politics. Is that true? It’s hard to say.
Regardless of whether the allegations are true or false, though, I seriously doubt that this situation will change anyone’s opinion of Bill Bar at this point.