Trump’s Sunday night attack on Barr issued hours after the Atlantic issued excerpts from ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl’s book Betrayal.
“My attitude was: It was put-up or shut-up time,” Barr told Karl in an interview after the election, according to an excerpt published by the Atlantic, Barr reportedly announced that “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 bulls***.”
“We realized from the beginning, it was just bulls***,” Barr added. “It’s a counting machine, and they save everything that was counted. So you just reconcile the two. There had been no discrepancy reported anywhere, and I’m still not aware of any discrepancy.”
“Did you say that?” the former president reportedly asked Barr.
“Yes,” Barr responded.
Trump, who has proceeded to advance allegations that he was the real winner in the 2020 presidential election, maintained that Barr and “other RINOs in the Republican Party are being used in order to try to convince people that the election was legitimate when so many incredible facts have now come out to show conclusively that it wasn’t.”
Karl’s excerpt showed that Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell had asked Barr for weeks to speak out in order for Republicans to make the case that Georgians had to turn out for their Jan. 5 Senate runoff election to prevent the Democrats from getting the White House and power of the Senate.
“Look, we need the president in Georgia,” McConnell purportedly told Barr, “and so we cannot be frontally attacking him right now. But you’re in a better position to inject some reality into this situation. You are really the only one who can do it.”
Trump announced that McConnell pushed Barr “to tell lies about the election” and that what “really damaged the Senate Republicans was allowing their races to be rigged and stolen, and worse, the American people to no longer believe their vote matters because spineless RINOs like Bill Barr and Mitch McConnell did nothing.”
Former President Trump and his campaign began a coordinated effort in an attempt to reverse the election results through both the judicial system and a set of unsubstantiated conspiracy theories, even though the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued a statement in November that said the presidential election was "the most secure in American history."