The former attorney general told Karl that he knew Trump would press him to investigate, and reiterated the president’s widely-voiced belief that the 2020 presidential election had been stolen from him – and that Barr suspected from the start that widespread fraud had not occurred .
He also said Senate Republican Chairman Mitch McConnell – understandably concerned about the upcoming Georgia Senate runoff – encouraged him to speak out on the integrity of the election.
Barr’s conclusion that there was no widespread fraud, which he shared with an Associated Press reporter in early December, drew the ire of Trump, who spoke of himself in the third person.
“You must hate Trump. You must hate Trump, “Barr quoted Trump in a later meeting.
Karl wrote: “Barr thought the President was trying to control himself, but he seemed angrier than he had ever seen him.”
Barr said he also told Trump the president had undermined his own efforts by creating a dispersed, incoherent legal team (“a clown show”) to challenge the election results – something Trump disagreed with.