According to CNN on the 3rd, a person familiar with the matter who asked not to be named said that current President Trump and Attorney General Barr held a “controversial” long conversation on the West Wing of the White House this week, after Barr told the Associated Press that the Department of Justice did not find out. Any evidence of election fraud that could change the outcome of the U.S. election. Several people familiar with the matter said that Barr’s remarks made his “boss” (referring to Trump) furious.
The source said that Trump’s meeting was “controversial”, but he did not shout at Barr. However, White House Press Secretary Kelly McEnany said on December 2 that she did not know whether Trump and Barr had held talks at the White House on the 1st.
On December 3, Trump did not say whether he still trusted Barr as Attorney General. In response to questions from reporters in the White House Oval Office, he said, “I’ll ask me this question in a few weeks. They should investigate all these frauds.”
In addition, Trump repeated some unfounded claims that the election was “massive fraud” and “rigged”. But state officials in the United States and Barr said that there was no evidence of widespread fraud in the election. Speaking of Barr and the U.S. Department of Justice, Trump said, “He did nothing. He did not investigate fraud (in the Georgia election).
CNN reported that Trump was deeply disappointed with Barr long ago, and Barr’s remarks about the election intensified his anger. Two White House officials said that although Trump did consider firing Barr, several staff members advised him not to do so. As for whether he will eventually fire Barr, everyone is speculating.
The U.S. Department of Justice declined to comment on Trump’s relationship with Barr.
However, hours after Barr told the Associated Press that there was no evidence of large-scale election fraud, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice seemed to try to withdraw Barr’s remarks, claiming in a statement that the Department of Justice had not yet concluded its election fraud investigation and therefore did not “declare that there was no fraud in the election. Conclusion”. The spokesperson said, “The Department of Justice will continue to receive and actively pursue all specific and credible allegations of fraud.” Two attorneys from the Trump campaign also quickly denied Barr’s remarks, reiterating that they have “sufficient evidence that at least six states have illegal voting” and said that the U.S. Attorney General did not know it.
In addition, Heidi Stirrup, the White House and U.S. Department of Justice liaison, was banned from the Department of Justice for trying to pressure Justice Department staff to hand over sensitive information about other matters such as election fraud and possibly convey to the White House, according to the Associated Press. This information.
Stroup was placed in September this year as the White House Liaison Officer at the U.S. Department of Justice. U.S. media pointed out that she was the “eyes and ears” of Trump’s placement in the Department of Justice. People familiar with the matter said that she had been told in the past two weeks that she needed to move out of the Department of Justice Building after she learned that she had collected inside information about the cases under consideration and the Department’s work on handling election fraud.
Stroup was charged with approaching Justice Department staff and asking them to provide information about the investigation, including election fraud, according to people familiar with the matter.
Neither the White House Personnel Office nor the U.S. Department of Justice commented on this. But Stroup seems to have a new position, and the White House announced on the 3rd that she will be appointed to the Visitors Committee of the United States Air Force Academy.