The public deserves transparency about all of Trump’s anti-democratic efforts to delegitimize the 2020 election. On June 27, 2021, The Atlantic published an account of former Attorney General Bill Barr’s final weeks in office. The report highlighted various instances of Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election, citing interactions between Trump and his former administration, with a level of detail that suggests that Barr or others may have created notes or records of these meetings.
CREW requests records relating to meetings and conversations involving Barr, including conversations with Mark Meadows, Senator Mitch McConnell, and meetings at the Department of Justice and White House.
In The Atlantic interview, Barr provided detailed accounts of his interactions with Trump and other Trump administration officials. Barr recounted Trump’s anger at Barr for refusing to support Trump’s baseless claims of a rigged election. In one meeting, Trump was described by someone present at the meeting as having had “the eyes and mannerism of a madman.”
Trump’s false conspiracy theories about the 2020 election ultimately contributed directly to the deadly January 6 Capitol insurrection. The public deserves to know how involved Trump was in trying to overturn the 2020 election and how his administration, including his then-Attorney General, responded to those efforts.