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Report: Trump Officials Are Trying to Talk President out of Firing William Barr

Report: Trump Officials Are Trying to Talk President out of Firing William Barr

William Barr essentially auditioned for the Attorney General slot by writing a pro-Trump op-ed in the Washington Post. And since being appointed to the job, Barr has fiercely defended the president. The Attorney General went as far as to offer Department of Justice help in a case brought against Trump by E. Jean Carroll.

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But the honeymoon has been over for a few weeks. Trump is infuriated that Barr didn’t weaponize the DOJ to help him win the election. According to a new report from the Washington Post, the president is eager to fire his AG, but aides are trying to talk him out of it.

Barr angered the president this week by telling the Associated Press that his Department hadn’t found the kind of evidence that would overturn the election.

Josh Dawsey, Devlin Barrett and Matt Zapotosky report:

“One senior administration official said there was a chance Trump would fire his attorney general and asserted that the president was not merely frustrated over Barr’s fraud-related assertions. The person said that several people are trying to persuade Trump not to do so. Like others, this official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.”

Trump is also upset about Barr’s actions regarding John Dunham. The president had hoped that a report from Dunham could have given him a boost prior to the election. The Post story continues, “Trump, the official said, was perhaps even angrier that Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham did not issue a public report of his findings before last month’s election, and that Barr had secretly appointed Durham as special counsel in October, giving him extra legal and political protection to continue the work he started a year ago.”

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