In this daily series, Granthshala explores the steps that led to the January 6 Capitol riots.

on Monday, 23 November, Attorney General William Barr met with President Trump in the Oval Office, the first time the two had met or even spoken since mid-October. He was one of Trump’s most loyal cabinet members and an undeniable conservative.

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A White House aide called to tell Barr that the president was angry that he had not listened to him. According to Woodward and Costa’s “peril,” Barr went to the White House where Trump complained about election fraud, telling the attorney general that he heard the Justice Department was “hanging back.” Trump asked why the justices were not looking into the reports.


Barr replied, “It is not our role to take sides between you and the other candidate.” “That’s what we have elections to decide.”

Trump insisted that justice should investigate, that there was “a crime of sufficient magnitude” that could affect the outcome, and Barr agreed that justice would look into the charges on a “case-by-case” basis.

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Barr had already instructed US lawyers around the country to review all credible allegations of substantial fraud. Sixteen assistant U.S. attorneys in fifteen districts urged the bar to close the investigation because there was no evidence of irregularities. Richard Pilger, the head of the Justice Department’s election crime branch, resigned in protest.

Nothing came out in the investigation. According to “I Alone Can Fix It” by Carol D. Leonig and Philip Rooker, “Barr told his superiors that at some point someone would have to say that the monarch had no clothes. The question was when.” None of this was conveyed to the president, who continued to tighten his siege. From the outside, Barr looked like a Trump apologist or co-conspirator, although evidence now suggests that Barr was simply mocking the president.

At the White House that day, Barr urged Trump to protect his legacy, “to focus on all the great things you’ve accomplished.

“Stay positive,” he told Trump. “Then go to Georgia and make sure the Republicans take over the Senate.”

Barr was reportedly so intrigued by Donald Trump’s mindset from the meeting, he told White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner that things were “getting out of hand.” Both assured him that the president was easing into his defeat, as evidenced by his outspoken support for President-elect Joe Biden to begin preparations for the transition.

I had no intention of suppressing any anecdotal evidence of fraud or unfairness, Barr later told Jonathan Carl in his new book, “Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show.” “But my suspicion all the way was that there was nothing there. It was all bullshit.”

Barr then spoke to Mitch McConnell. The Senate majority leader did not speak and was therefore portrayed as a Trump supporter, but was in fact one of the few high-level elected officials who were thinking strategically at the time, taking their actions as their own. words matched. He told Barr that he still needs Trump to focus on Georgia ahead of the January 5 runoff election that will determine whether Republicans hold the Senate. “I can’t make a big frontal attack on the president at this point,” McConnell told Barr.

According to both “betrayal” and “peril”, McConnell felt he could not declare Joe Biden the winner, fearing that his announcement would cause Donald Trump to sabotage the Georgia race, or something worse. will be provoked.

“You’re in a better position to inject some reality into this situation,” he pleaded with Barr. “You’re really the only one who can do it.”

“I understand,” said Barr. “And I’m going to do it in due time.”
Over the next few days, McConnell urged the bar to “come out and put an end to the widespread fraud.

“Bill, I look around, and you’re the only person who can do it,” McConnell said.
A week later, with all his ducks in order, Barr broke up with the president.