A new report from Axios details a heated conversation between President Trump and former Attorney General William Barr, who allegedly told the president that theories about widespread voter fraud changing the outcome of the election were wrong.
The conversation reportedly occurred on December 1, hours after a news story broke where Barr said the Department of Justice had found no evidence of sufficient voter fraud to change election results. Trump reportedly ordered Barr to come to the White House that evening for a conversation in the dining room next to the Oval Office to explain himself.
During the meeting, Axios says that Barr explicitly told the president that such theories were "bullsh--" and that his legal team was "clownish."
"Why would you say such a thing? You must hate Trump," the president reportedly said in reference to Barr's statement to the press. "There's no other reason for it. You must hate Trump."
Axios says that Barr told the president that the investigation was not "panning out."
"The stuff that these people are filling your ear with just isn't true," Barr allegedly said.
Barr went on to reportedly tell the president that the DOJ had looked at the major fraud claims that were being brought by the president's legal team to various courts and state legislatures, but had found nothing substantive.
"I'm a pretty informed legal observer and I can't f---ing figure out what the theory is here," Barr allegedly said. "It's just scattershot. It's all over the hill and gone."
Axios also said that Trump and Barr met for a private conversation on December 14, ahead of Barr's resignation the next day. The move was largely seen as a way to avoid any further public fallout.
🔦 Following the events of the riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, Barr accused the president of "orchestrating a mob."