Barr publicly breaks with Trump in final days as attorney general

In his final days as attorney general, William Barr is separating himself further from Donald Trump on key issues of concern to the president.

Trump has reportedly been considering appointing special counsels to investigate the foreign business dealings of President-elect Joe Biden’s son Hunter and to investigate allegations of election fraud. Barr said neither is necessary.

“If I thought a special counsel at this stage was the right tool and was appropriate, I would name one,” Barr told reporters at the Justice Department on Monday when asked whether there is enough evidence regarding election fraud to appoint a special counsel to investigate. “But I haven’t and I’m not going to,” added Barr, who is stepping down from his post on Wednesday.

“I’m sure there was fraud in this election,” Barr said, before referring to comments he made to The Associated Press news agency three weeks ago where he said there was no “systemic or broad-based fraud that would affect the outcome of the election”.

“I already spoke to that and I stand by that statement.”

Barr’s comments come as Trump continues to tweet multiple times daily about unproven allegations of widespread fraud and claims that the election was “stolen” by Democrats and Biden.

“If I thought a special counsel at this stage was the right tool and was appropriate, I would name one,” Barr told reporters at the Justice Department on Monday when asked whether there is enough evidence regarding election fraud to appoint a special counsel to investigate. “But I haven’t and I’m not going to,” added Barr, who is stepping down from his post on Wednesday.

“I’m sure there was fraud in this election,” Barr said, before referring to comments he made to The Associated Press news agency three weeks ago where he said there was no “systemic or broad-based fraud that would affect the outcome of the election”.

“I already spoke to that and I stand by that statement.”

Barr’s comments come as Trump continues to tweet multiple times daily about unproven allegations of widespread fraud and claims that the election was “stolen” by Democrats and Biden.

“If I thought a special counsel at this stage was the right tool and was appropriate, I would name one,” Barr told reporters at the Justice Department on Monday when asked whether there is enough evidence regarding election fraud to appoint a special counsel to investigate. “But I haven’t and I’m not going to,” added Barr, who is stepping down from his post on Wednesday.

“I’m sure there was fraud in this election,” Barr said, before referring to comments he made to The Associated Press news agency three weeks ago where he said there was no “systemic or broad-based fraud that would affect the outcome of the election”.

“I already spoke to that and I stand by that statement.”

Barr’s comments come as Trump continues to tweet multiple times daily about unproven allegations of widespread fraud and claims that the election was “stolen” by Democrats and Biden.

 

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