Former Attorney General Bill Barr suggested that he would still vote for Donald Trump if he was the Republican nominee for president in 2024.
During an interview with NBC’s “Today” show on Monday, Barr said he would vote for whoever the GOP nominee is in the 2024 presidential election, but stated that he would prefer that nominee not be the former president.
“I believe that the greatest threat to the country is the progressive agenda being pushed by the Democratic Party, it’s inconceivable to me that I wouldn’t vote for the Republican nominee,” Barr said.
“I certainly have made it clear, I don’t think he should be our nominee and I’m gonna support somebody else for the nomination,” Barr continued.
Barr served as attorney general during the Trump White House from February 2019 to December 2020.
The comments from Barr come as Trump wrote a scathing letter about Barr’s performance as attorney general to NBC. Some quotes from Trump’s letter are listed below:
“He was slow, lethargic, and I realized early on that he never had what it takes to make a great Attorney General.”
“He became virtually worthless to Law and Order and Election Integrity.”
“In other words, Bill Barr was a coward!”
Barr gave a separate interview with NBC’s Lester Holt ahead of the release of Barr’s memoir this week, and described Trump as “the maddest I’d ever seen him” after Barr rebuked Trump’s claims about fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
Barr said that he told Trump in December 2020, weeks after Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election, that Trump’s claims of widespread fraud claims were not true.
“I quickly came to the conclusion that the initial stuff that was pointed to, like the Dominion machines and all these other conspiracy theories, were nonsense,” Barr said. “This idea of some inner-city boiler room where people are cranking out false ballots is a fantasy.”
Barr quoted Trump saying, “Well, you know, I hear about these Dominion machines in Michigan. Some people think that they should be seized.”
Barr said he responded to Trump by saying, “there’s no way the department is going to seize those machines. There’s simply not probable cause.”
Barr said that Trump was enraged with him, and those feelings subsequently led to Barr’s formal resignation as attorney general on Dec. 14, according to comments he made to NBC.
In the time since Biden defeated Trump in the 2020 presidential election, Trump has repeatedly blamed voter fraud for his loss.