Barr: Trump claimed election night fraud ahead of ‘any potential review of evidence’

In a video recently released Monday by the House Select Committee on Jan. 6, former Attorney General Bill Barr said then-President Trump “right out of the box” on Election Day said that there had been fraud “before there was actually any potential for examination of the evidence.”

“It seemed to be based on the dynamic that at the end of the night a lot of Democratic votes came in, which changed the vote count in some states, and that seemed to be the basis for this general assertion that there was major fraud. Barr said in the videotaped deposition, shown during the committee’s televised hearing on Capitol Hill.

“And I didn’t think much about it because people had been talking for weeks and everyone understood for weeks that this would be what would happen on election night,” he also said, referring to the large number of postal votes. during the pandemic.

Barr recalled thinking that while Trump believed there was widespread fraud, he had become “detached from reality.”

Chris Stirewalt, Fox’s former digital policy editor, testified in person on Monday.

In his testimony, Stirewalt said Trump had no reason to declare victory on election night.

Stirewalt was part of a Fox Decision Desk team that early on election night declared Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden the winner in critical Arizona.

“It was really controversial for our competitors,” Stirewalt, who was later let go by Fox, said of the decision.

Former Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien did not testify before the committee in person due to his wife giving birth. Excerpts from Stepien’s video deposition were played throughout the hearing.

Stepien said he thinks Trump should tell his supporters on election night that the votes are still being counted and that we’ll have a better idea of ​​the results in the coming days. He explained that Trump rejected that suggestion.

“The president didn’t agree with that,” he said. “I don’t remember the particular words. He thought I was wrong, he told me, and they were going to go a different direction.”

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