Conversations between former President Donald Trump and former Attorney General Bill Barr regarding the 2020 presidential election can help answer questions about how involved Trump was in attempting to overturn the election results. CREW is suing the Department of Justice following its failure to respond to CREW’s FOIA request for records of conversations involving Barr, including conversations with Mark Meadows, Senator Mitch McConnell, and meetings at the Department of Justice and White House. 

An interview by The Atlantic published in July 2021 gives Bill Barr’s account of his final weeks in office including several examples of Trump’s frustration at the response to his attempts to overturn the election. The Atlantic interview also indicates that Barr may have made notes of or recorded these meetings with Trump.

Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election results directly inspired the January 6th insurrection which not only led to the death of several Americans but was also a direct attack on American democracy. The public deserves to know how involved Trump was in pushing the DOJ to assist in overturning the election, and how Barr responded to Trump’s efforts.

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