Will Bill Barr Back-Stab Trump With The Jan 6th Committee?

Written By BlabberBuzz | Tuesday, 25 January 2022 12:00
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On Sunday, A House Committee member investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot revealed the committee has been talking with William Barr, the U.S. attorney general under former President Donald Trump.

Barr, an ardent defender of Trump during his presidency, resigned in December 2020 amid lingering tension over Trump's false claims of election fraud.

A draft of an executive order prepared for Trump, obtained Friday by Politico, would have authorized the defense secretary to send National Guard troops to seize voting machines around the country in the weeks after the 2020 election.

The order, which then-President Trump never signed, also would have appointed a special counsel "to institute all criminal and civil proceedings as appropriate based on the evidence collected." It called on the defense secretary to release an assessment 60 days after the action started, which would have been well after Trump was set to leave office on January 20, 2021.

Rep. Bennie Thompson discussed recent actions and progress the Committee has made in its investigation, with one of the details discussed being a report of the executive order draft. With this report in mind, Thompson was asked by Margaret Brennan on CBS whether or not the committee plans to question Barr about it.

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"To be honest with you, we've had conversations with the former attorney general already," Thompson replied. "We have talked to Department of Defense individuals. We are concerned that our military was part of this big lie on promoting that the election was false. So, if you are using the military to potentially seize voting machines, even though it's a discussion, the public needs to know, we've never had that before."

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Thompson also told Brennan the Committee has "information" that the plan to seize voting machines would have been conducted using Department of Defense assets. When Brennan asked if the committee had "something beyond this draft executive order" or if there was "an operational plan," Thompson said "no" but that "the draft itself is reason enough to believe that it was being proposed."

The Jan. 6 Committee has spoken with and subpoenaed a growing number of people and officials affiliated with Trump since the Capitol riot. Just this past Thursday, it requested a voluntary interview with Ivanka Trump, who acted as a former senior White House adviser to her father.

On Friday, the Committee also held an interview with Ray Epps, a man at the center of federal riot provocation theories. Thompson told the Washington Examiner a transcript of the committee's interview with Epps would be released "at some point" but did not give a specific date.

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