Trump refused to say he had confidence in Barr and then asked the attorney general to investigate non-existent electoral fraud.
Trump told reporters:
AG Barr clock continues …
Q: Do you still have faith in Bill Barr?
President Trump: "Ask me that in a few weeks."
– Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) December 3, 2020
“Ask me that in a couple of weeks. You should check out all of this scam, ”Trump told reporters in the Oval Office when asked if he had confidence in AG Bill Barr.
– Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) December 3, 2020
The implication is that if Barr fails to investigate Trump's false allegations of election fraud, which Barr says he has already done, the president will be fired from the attorney general. In more direct terms, Trump's response was a threat for Barr to either give credibility to Trump's unsubstantiated conspiracies or he will be fired.
If Trump fires Barr, he could appoint someone like Rudy Giuliani as the new attorney general, in theory if he ignored any laws and regulations that would allow him to burn down the DOJ and use the Justice Department as a weapon on his offer to overthrow a legitimate election.
It may be hard to believe for some, but the country would be better if Barr stayed until the end of Trump's tenure as attorney general. Barr's replacement could be far worse for the country in terms of Trump's election overthrow efforts, and the United States would be better off having an attorney general who does not partake in Trump's conspiracy theories on electoral fraud.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association