Former Attorney General Bill Barr has taken several swipes at President Donald Trump in his soon-to-be-released new book.
Trump has yet to respond to Barr’s attacks but you can expect the 45th president to fire back after Barr came out against Trump running again.
Barr states that Republicans should disregard Trump and instead find a new, younger leader.
The book, “One Damn Thing After Another,” is set for release on March 8.
Barr writes that Trump “has shown he has neither the temperament nor persuasive powers” of a leader.
“We need leaders not only capable of fighting and ‘punching,’ but also persuading and attracting — leaders who can frame, and advocate for, an uplifting vision of what it means to share in American citizenship,” Barr writes.
“He stopped listening to his advisers, became manic and unreasonable, and was off the rails.
“He surrounded himself with sycophants, including many whack jobs from outside the government, who fed him a steady diet of comforting but unsupported conspiracy theories.”
“Donald Trump has shown he has neither the temperament nor persuasive powers to provide the kind of positive leadership that is needed,” Barr added.
“The election was not ‘stolen.’
“Trump lost it,” he claims.
Barr then alleges that Trump’s election claims led to the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill before admitting that, legally, Trump did not “incite” the violence.
“The absurd lengths to which he took his ‘stolen election’ claim led to the rioting on Capitol Hill,” Barr says.
“Incitement has a legal definition, and Trump’s statements would not fit that definition in any American court.”
He also weighed in on Trump’s plans to run again in 2022, writing the prospect is “dismaying” before urging the GOP to look to younger leaders.
Speaking about the December 1, 2020, Oval Office meeting with the president, Barr claims Trump ripped him for publicly saying he the election was clean.
“This is killing me, killing me,” Trump allegedly yelled at Barr.
“This is pulling the rug right out from under me.
“You must hate Trump.
“You would only do this if you hate Trump.”
Barr fired back at Trump reminding him that he “sacrificed a lot personally to come in to help you when I thought you were being wronged” by the Russia probe.
Barr writes that he offered to resign that day and Trump said: “Accepted.
“Leave and don’t go back to your office.
“You are done right now. Go home!”
However, he says Trump changed his mind and Barr stayed on but left the administration soon after.
On dismissing the charges against Michael Flynn, Barr said:
“Predictably our motion to dismiss the charges led to an election-year media onslaught, flogging the old theme that I was doing this as a favor to Trump.
“But I concluded the handling of the Flynn matter by the FBI had been an abuse of power that no responsible AG could let stand,” he wrote.
“I’m shocked, Bill. I’m disgusted. I’m not happy about this, Bill,” Trump said.
“People are worthwhile to Trump only as means to his ends — as utensils. When they don’t help him get what he wants, they are useless.
“In my case, Trump’s disenchantment started — as it was bound to — when he saw I was not willing to bend the law to do his bidding.”