Former Attorney General William Barr has “tentatively agreed to give sworn testimony behind closed doors” to the January 6th House Select Committee investigating the Capitol insurrection. Barr has already met informally with the committee, including at a meeting at his home last fall with committee lawyers and committee Vice Chairwoman Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), CNN reported.
That meeting lasted approximately two hours, and it focused on Barr’s interactions with Donald Trump before and after the election, according to CNN. The Select Committee also inquired about Barr informing Trump there was no widespread election fraud.But sworn testimony is entirely different, and could provide the Committee with the most incriminating evidence so far that Trump and those closest to him conspired to keep him in office despite Joe Biden’s legitimate win.
So Bill Barr will appear before the J6 committee. He will testify that on Dec. 1 he told Trump that his claim of the election being stolen was “bullish!t.” This helps prove that Trump’s intent plainly was corrupt as he tried to overturn the election results. But . . .
— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) May 19, 2022
The House Select Committee had not confirmed the story by press time, and it’s not known if Barr will be invited to take part in public hearings the panel will be holding next month, although it’s a safe assumption he’ll insist on another closed-door session. Axios reported it has sources with knowledge of the situation who insist Barr is in “active discussions” to follow up his previous informal conversations with the committee with on-the-record testimony and transcribed interviews.
I hope the committee asks Bill Barr about his efforts as Attorney General of the U.S. to seed the Big Lie for Trump.
— Rachel Bitecofer 📈🔭🍌🇺🇦 (@RachelBitecofer) May 20, 2022
It remains to be seen what information Barr may provide that the Select Committee doesn’t already have. The Committee is still also seeking handwritten notes from Trump to his lawyer, John Eastman, who was deeply involved in the plot to steal back the election, and has revealed in a court filing that he spoke regularly with Trump before and after January 6th.
BREAKING: Bill Barr cooperating with January 6 committee.
Is there a bus large enough for the sheer quantity of people Barr might throw under it?
— Tristan Snell (@TristanSnell) May 19, 2022