Bill Barr, ever on his publicity tour trying to sell more books, appeared on Fox News and, as is now usual for the Swamp denizen, stabbed his former employer in the back, attacking him for what happened on January 6th.
Speaking on that when talking about Trump and his potential 2024 presidential run with Fox News host Neil Cavuto, former Attorney General Barr said:
“Well, I don’t necessarily think it’s going to dissuade him of it. I think, you know, he’ll make his decision, and I think he probably right now intends to run. But as I’ve said before, there’s a lot can happen in three years, and part — or two and a half years, and a lot of it could involve this episode.
“In fact, I think I said at the time, I said on January 6th that hi — I thought the his behavior was shameful. Not because I felt he legally incited the riots, but I thought he was largely responsible for directing those people up to the Hill with the idea that there was something that could be done to turn things around and to stop the steal.”
That wasn’t all Barr had to say about Trump during the interview. He also laughed off Trump’s comment that “he sucked”, saying:
“Yeah. And just to remind people on December the 22nd before I left the department, I had a press conference and I made the same point, and then I obviously went over some of the details of my thinking in my book. So it wasn’t new. But I think, you know, the president’s response is something I would expect from him which is, essentially, ad hominem attacks.“
For reference, Trump, posting on Truth Social, said:
“Ivanka Trump was not involved in looking at, or studying, Election results. She had long since checked out and was, in my opinion, only trying to be respectful to Bill Barr and his position as Attorney General (he sucked!).”
Trump also, slamming Barr on Truth Social, said that Barr “was always being ‘played’ and threatened by the Democrats and was scared stiff of being Impeached. How do you not get impeached? Do nothing, or say nothing, especially about the obviously RIGGED & STOLEN Election or, to put it another way, THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY!”
Continuing his attack on Barr, Trump added that “The Democrats hit pay dirt with Barr, he was stupid, ridiculously said there was no problem with the Election, & they left him alone. It worked for him, but not for our Country!”
Further, Barr even went so far as to characterize the Jan. 6th hearings, even if not “optimal”, as “legitimate”, saying:
“Well, I haven’t seen anything that makes me think the president committed a crime. What’s come out so far has generally been known before. There were a few things that were new. But I do think there are legitimate areas of inquiry, but I also agree with the congresswoman that this isn’t set up as an optimal mechanism for getting at the truth, and there is, obviously, a big political overlay.
“But, you know, I think it’s legitimate to explore whether or not there was a plan to use violence to stop the vote. And if there was a plan, was the president involved. I haven’t seen anything up to now that makes me think he was, and I personally doubt it.
“But I think that, those are legitimate questions. And the other question is more of a political nature which is, you know, did the president stand the by for hours while the Capitol was under attack and did nothing and made the comments that were attributed to him about the vice president.”