A White House meeting in early December of last year went off the rails when former Attorney General Bill Barr pushed back on Donald Trump’s claims that the election was stolen from him.
During the December 1 meeting, Barr told Trump that his theories about a stolen election were “bullshit’ and warned him that the new legal team he was betting his future on was “clownish,” according to Axios.
Aides in the meeting, which included White House counsel Pat Cipollone were shocked that Barr had said it, though they did not disagree with him.
The meeting came after Barr told the Associated Press that the Justice Department saw no evidence of widespread voter fraud that would affect the outcome of the election, breaking with Trump and his allies.
“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election,” Barr said.
Trump was furious.
“Why would you say such a thing? You must hate Trump. There’s no other reason for it. You must hate Trump,” he said according to Axios.
“These things aren’t panning out,” Barr responded. “The stuff that these people are filling your ear with just isn’t true.”
Less than two weeks later, Trump announced Barr’s resignation on Twitter.