Barr Grilled During NBC Interview
Former Attorney General William Barr faced tough questions during his Today show interview.
Host Savannah Guthrie asking him why he included positive remarks about former President Donald Trump in his 2020 resignation letter, yet called him “dangerous” his new book.
“You say in your book you were worried about the peaceful transition of power. You even had national security concerns,” Guthrie said. “None of this is present in this resignation letter. Didn’t the American people deserve to know what you knew?”
Barr said he tendered his resignation on Dec. 14, a date by which the 2020 election was already “over for all intents and purposes.”
“The idea that something could be done later on Jan. 6 was nonsense,” Barr said. “Once the election was locked in on Dec. 14, I tendered my resignation and I knew Trump was going to be leaving office.”
Barr gave an extended sit-down interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, during which he suggested Trump was responsible for the Jan. 6, 2021, breach of the U.S. Capitol and show down claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.
Trump accused Barr of “groveling for the media, hoping to gain acceptance that he doesn’t deserve.”
Guthrie asked Barr about Trump’s response, saying critics suggest he’s on “an image rehab tour with a lawyerly flair.”
“People who know me know I don’t care much about what people think of me,” Barr said. “I think that’s one of the reasons I was persuaded to take the attorney general job because I wasn’t looking for anything. I don’t have a future career. I’m retired and I felt I could just call them as I see them.”