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Analysis: William Barr breaks with Trump's election fantasy

December 2, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Attorney General William Barr just dealt the most credible blow to Donald Trump's lies about a stolen election, precisely because he previously often came across more as the President's personal lawyer than a neutral arbiter of justice.

(CNN)Attorney General William Barr just dealt the most credible blow to Donald Trump's lies about a stolen election, precisely because he previously often came across more as the President's personal lawyer than a neutral arbiter of justice.

By contradicting Trump's fever dream over vote fraud, Barr, in the end, balked at being the President's modern version of his firebrand New York attorney Roy Cohn.

"To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election," Barr told the AP in remarks that directly contradicted Trump's claims the presidency was stolen.

The tension suggested that for all of Barr's apparent moves to placate Trump and his clear sympathy with the President over the Russia investigation in particular, he remained within the lines of evidence and legal procedure on the issue of election interference.

Those figures include former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who angered Trump by recusing himself from the Russia probe and prompted the President to ask, "Where's my Roy Cohn?" according to a New York Times report.

But Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who, like Barr, has come under fierce pressure from the President to investigate the original Russia probe, offered a preview of how he might leverage Durham's role during the Biden administration.

A source familiar with the matter said Trump associates broaching the subject of preemptive pardons that would seek to shield them from prosecution includes Giuliani, who has been leading the President's long shot legal battles to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in his role as Trump's personal attorney.

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