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The backlash is brewing, great.
In the media and political circles, there was a warm welcome to the House committee depositions on Monday in which members of Donald Trump’s inner circle claimed to have told the president there was no evidence for his claims. of widespread election fraud. This was most dramatically stated by Bill Barr, who said the president was “detached from reality” and not interested in the facts, but also by other senior justice officials and campaign manager Bill Stepien.
These are not types of “fake news” or Adam Schiff making the accusation, these are all top advisors appointed by Trump himself. They are collaborating with the Democrat-controlled committee, sometimes under subpoena, and are revealing harmful information about what happened behind closed doors.
But they were in a winless situation for being silent for so long. Now they are being beaten for it, and that was totally predictable.
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“He knew it was a lie. He said it was’ bull ****, and yet, he sets off, a note on how we will continue to prosecute these allegations that Barr says, over and over, that he knows how to be a lie. Then he says that later on. would vote it again. ” Morning Joe calls him “unpatriotic” and “sick”, saying that Barr “tarnished his reputation” by working for Trump but “was making him sick, even in the end … How much was it worth to you, Bill? What a fascinating study? of the character on corruption. “
I think it is an exaggeration. Barr was perhaps the only senior administration official who made his concerns public while he was still in office. While Trump publicly pressured him to intervene in cases involving allies like Roger Stone and Mike Flynn, Barr said the president’s tweets were making it impossible for him to do his job. And after the election, the AG told The Associated Press that the DOJ investigation had found no evidence of significant fraud that would change the outcome.
Additionally, Barr said he didn’t want Trump to run in 2024, but would support him if he was nominated by the GOP.
However, the question had to be asked: Did Barr save his most damaging revelations for his book? As I told him in our interview with “Media Buzz”, “You should have stopped earlier and made public the very serious concerns you describe in this book? Any regrets?”
Barr’s response: “No, because I had no serious worries before the election … You know, you don’t go out and say, I think the president is acting like an idiot most of the time.”
But other MSNBC liberals have piled up. Chris Hayes: “They all, in their own way, indulged his lie … Bill Barr, tough like that, look at all the swagger in that room. Wow, that’s nonsense. Idiotic. Where was that in November, December, Bill? “
Rachel Maddow: “Guys like Bill Barr, who frankly, in the case of Bill Barr, happily spread Trump lies before and after the election, that the Democrats were perpetrating some kind of terrible electoral cheating.”
Oh, and Steve Bannon on his podcast: “Bill Barr, we’re coming for you, bro! You’re sitting there lying about this.” Bannon, among other things, has accepted Trump’s pardon for a previous indictment and is currently awaiting trial on charges of outrage to Congress.
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So the fact that these Trump aides testified truthfully is blown away as to why they didn’t speak earlier. In Barr’s case, despite some critical public comments, he would have lost his job immediately and be replaced by a Trump loyalist willing to accuse bribery in the election, a move the president tried to make later, only to be stopped by the threat of mass resignation from the DOJ (the subject of some excellent Washington Post reports).
The New York Times also jumps on the backlash bandwagon:
“Barr’s testimony and that of several aides played at the hearing were a blunt and more brutal version of what they were saying in public shortly after the election.”
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The Times identifies Stepien, who in the days following the elections “did not publicly challenge Trump or Giuliani”. And two days after the election, Councilor Jason Miller “raised the idea in a call with reporters that mysterious ballot bags were showing up in states where Trump was still contesting.”
And critics say Stepien is still on the sauce train because he is still being paid for by the Trump campaign and a related PAC.
Former Trump Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney also spoke, saying “Trump’s inner circle was ultimately … Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Lin Wood, Peter Navarro … Garbage in. Garbage out.”
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And Rudy, for the record, says he is “disgusted and outraged” by Stepien and Miller’s testimony that he was drunk on election night. “I was shocked that they weren’t prepared for the massive cheating (as well as other lawyers around the president, I turned down all alcohol that night.”
Ladies and gentlemen, this is the sound of a circular firing squad, all told enthusiastically by the media.