Former Attorney General William Barr blamed former President Trump for the shocking Jan. 6th Capitol riot. During an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, Barr was asked if the former president was responsible for what happened at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
The Hill reports:
“I do think he was responsible in the broad sense of that word, and that it appears that part of the plan was to send this group up to the Hill. I think the whole idea was to intimidate Congress, and I think that that was wrong,” Barr responded.
Holt noted during the interview that Trump provided a three-page response to the network over Barr’s remarks, in which he called his former attorney general a “coward,” “a big disappointment” and “lazy.” He also said Barr’s forthcoming memoir, “One Damn Thing After Another: Memoirs of an Attorney General,” was “fake.”
The interview comes one day after an excerpt of Barr’s memoir was published in The Wall Street Journal on Thursday in which he discussed confronting Trump about the former president’s baseless claims that the 2020 presidential election was rigged.
“You started blaming the department for the inability of your legal team to come up with evidence of fraud,” Barr told Trump during a conversation, according to his memoir. “The department is not an extension of your legal team. Our mission is to investigate and prosecute actual fraud. The fact is, we have looked at the major claims your people are making, and they are bullshit.”
In the excerpt Barr says that the conversation prompted him to offer the president his resignation, however, Trump has pushed against the claims and has said he was the one to ask for Barr’s resignation.