Former US Attorney General Bill Barr has discussed working with the House Special Committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, an attack fueled by an unsubstantiated “stolen election” narrative that Mr Barr had previously rejected.
Mr. Barr, who resigned about a month before he left Donald Trump’s administration, is reportedly discussing coming for a formal interview after prior contact with members of the committee, according to Axios and CBS News.
The former president slammed Mr Barr for failing to investigate his false allegations of voter fraud and characterized him as “a disappointment in every sense of the word” after Mr Barr told The Associated Press that federal law enforcement had no evidence of an alleged fraud would have changed the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, despite Trump’s insistence.
Mr Barr later condemned Mr Trump’s “inexcusable” response to the attack on the Capitol.
In a recent memoir, he claimed the former president “got out of control” after the election, which he lost due to his “lack of indulgence and lack of self-control.”
He also condemned “the preposterous efforts he made in his allegation of a ‘stolen election’ that led to the riots on Capitol Hill” and urged Republicans to find another candidate for the 2024 election, for the Mr Trump “has shown he has neither the temper nor the power of persuasion” to lead.
The committee – which is due to start public hearings next month – had previously held an “informal meeting” with Mr Barr to determine if he had any information related to the attack on the actions of former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, who attempted to use federal funds to delay certification of 2020 results, according to a Senate Judiciary Committee report.
Last year, the committee voted to bring charges of contempt of Congress against Mr. Clark, although he later appeared before the committee during which he reportedly asserted his right to avoid self-incrimination dozens of times.
Jeffrey Rosen, Mr Barr’s successor as acting attorney general, sat for an interview with the committee for about eight hours last October.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/bill-barr-capiol-riot-jan-6-committee-b2083322.html Bill Barr is reportedly in talks to work with the Capitol Riot Committee