Tensions between Bill Barr and President Donald Trump over alleged electoral fraud in last month’s election appear to be rising.
The moment: Asked by a reporter on Thursday if he still has confidence in his attorney general, Trump demurred.
Earlier this week, Barr outraged the president’s allies and supporters by telling the Associated Press, “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
- “He hasn’t done anything. He hasn’t looked,” Trump said when asked on Thursday to respond to Barr’s comments.
- “When he looks he will see the kind of evidence that right now you are seeing in the Georgia Senate,” the president added. “They haven’t looked very hard, which is a disappointment.”
- After a reporter asked if he still had confidence in his attorney general, Trump replied: “Ask me that in a number of weeks from now.”
Et tu, Barr? The president’s supporters cheered Barr’s appointment as attorney general last year, anticipating he would be a scourge to anti-Trump forces in the federal bureaucracy.
But after his remarks to the AP, many of them accused Barr of having been coopted by the “deep state” he was supposed to oppose.