After Bill Barr on Tuesday said his Department of Justice has found no evidence of widespread voter fraud that would overturn the 2020 election, supporters of President Donald Trump reacted by claiming the U.S. attorney general had been “compromised.”
The report: Contradicting Trump’s repeated assertions in recent weeks that the election was “rigged,” Barr told the Associated Press, “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
- Barr’s remarks drew a swift rebuttal from the president’s legal team, who accused the Justice Department of failing to examine “ample evidence of illegal voting in at least six states.”
- “Again, with the greatest respect to the Attorney General, his opinion appears to be without any knowledge or investigation of the substantial irregularities and evidence of systemic fraud,” Trump legal team members Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis said in a statement on Tuesday.
The reaction: 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 on Tuesday, many of them accused Barr of having been coopted by the “deep state” he was supposed to oppose.
Fox News host Lou Dobbs on Tuesday night suggested Barr might be “compromised.”
“I just can’t tell anymore. Is this guy a WARRIOR Armed with the CONSTITUTION? Or is he a BUREAUCRAT with a Rolodex,” tweeted Newsmax host Greg Kelly.
Kelly’s colleague, Newsmax White House correspondent Emerald Robinson, said it was “obvious now that Bill Barr came out of retirement to protect the DOJ/FBI from accountability for its role in Spygate.”
According to PBS Newshour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor, Trump allies considered Barr’s interview with the AP to be a “complete betrayal.”
Even formerly staunch supporters of Barr turned on the attorney general after Tuesday’s AP report.
Former White House aide Sebastian Gorka – who just last year tweeted out “God Bless Barr” – declared him a “coward.”
Joe Biden weighed in on the development in an interview published by The New York Times on Wednesday, joking that Barr had called him, “asking if I can get him in the witness protection program for endorsing me.”