Ahoy there, liveblog readers. It appears that the release of multiple books on theTrump administration is imminent, which means we the public are now privy to a wealth of previously unreported details in the form of long-form excerpts.
A particularly explosive one published in the Atlantic had Donald Trump railing against former attorney general William Barr in a three-page statement this weekend. In the excerpt from the upcoming book Betrayal, Barr told journalist and author Jonathan Karl that Trump’s claims of election fraud were “all bullshit”.
“My attitude was: It was put-up or shut-up time,” Barr said. “If there was evidence of fraud, I had no motive to suppress it. But my suspicion all the way along was that there was nothing there. It was all bullshit.”
Barr told Karl that then-senate majority leader Mitch McConnell had urged him to speak out about the fraud claims since mid-November. McConnell had concerns about the GOP’s ability to win the Georgia senate races.
“It’s people in authority like Bill Barr that allow the crazed Radical Left to succeed,” Trump said in a statement, in which he also referred to McConnell as “another beauty”.