Trump excoriates ex-AG Barr for past comments on mail-in voting fraud
Barr resigned from Trump's cabinet in December of 2020 and has since become a prominent critic of his former boss, denouncing Trump's claims that mass voter fraud swayed the election.
Former President Donald Trump on Thursday excoriated former Attorney General Bill Barr over his election fraud stances, highlighting a CNN clip from his time in office in which Barr aggressively asserted that mail-in voting is highly susceptible to fraud.
"Just found this clip of Bill Barr prior to him 'succumbing' to Impeachment and other threats of the Radical Left Lunatics," Trump posted on Truth Social. "His bravado changed rapidly because he didn’t want to be Impeached. Republicans have to be much tougher and smarter, or you won’t have a Party or a Country left. Barr didn’t have the courage or stamina to fight, but he knew what was happening. I “canned” him, and felt really good about it. Now he goes all over the place, especially Fox, pretending he’s a tough guy!"
Barr resigned from Trump's cabinet in December of 2020 and has since become a prominent critic of his former boss, denouncing Trump's claims that mass voter fraud swayed the election. The CNN clip, however, shows Barr expressing concerns about the prospects for mass fraud through the system.
"The bipartisan commission chaired by Jimmy Carter and James Baker said back in 2009 that mail-in voting is fraught with the risk of fraud and coercion... and since that time, there've been newspapers, networks, academic studies saying its open to fraud and coercion," he told Wolf Blitzer in the clip.
"The only time the narrative changed is after this administration came in, but elections that have been held with mail have found substantial fraud and coercion," he went on, before citing specific cases his office had prosecuted. "We haven't had the kind of widespread use of mail-in ballots that's being proposed. We've had absentee ballots from people who request them from a specific address. Now what we're talking about is mailing them to everyone on the voter list when everyone knows those voter lists are inaccurate."
"People who get them are not the right people. They're people who have replaced the previous occupants, they could fake 'em out," he went on. "And sometimes multiple ballots come to the same address with whole generations of occupants. Do you think that's a way to run a vote?"
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