Ingraham comes to Barr’s defense: Trump was ‘very fortunate’ to have him as AG
Fox News’ Laura Ingraham was quick to come to Attorney General Bill Barr’s defense as he submitted his resignation to President Trump on Monday. He has been widely attacked not only by Democrats but by many Republicans including Trump over his handling of the Hunter Biden investigation and his addressing of perceived voter fraud.
Ingraham made a point of coming to the beleaguered AG’s defense on her show Monday night.
She was not alone in her defense of Barr. Ari Fleischer praised Barr for his service and said he did a “superb job” in the role.
There are many Republicans who are also upset over Barr’s efforts to oversee the John Durham investigation. Ingraham addressed those Republicans by saying, “They don’t really do status reports on Durham.”
“They were like, ‘He should have done this, he should have pushed out the Hunter Biden news,’” Ingraham continued.
“I’ve gotta tell conservatives: if you think Bill Barr was the problem for the Trump administration, then you’re reading the wrong stuff. I hate to say it, but I think the administration was very fortunate to have Barr as attorney general.”
Bill Barr is widely seen as an adherent to the law as written. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has previously praised Barr for his following the law regardless of the consequences.
Many conservatives, however, do not see it that way and have blasted Barr for his handling of things.
Fox Business’ Lou Dobbs is one of Barr’s detractors. Last week he went on several tears against the AG.
Barr notably said that there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the presidential election. This infuriated many Trump supporters and set Dobbs off who accused Barr of “appearing to join in with the radical Dems and the deep state and the resistance.”
Dobbs went after Barr for being “absent for weeks” before bringing up the AG’s comments to the AP about how the Department of Justice has not seen any evidence of voter fraud that would have resulted in a different election outcome.
“For the Attorney General of the United States to make that statement, he is either a liar or a fool but both. He may be perhaps compromised. He may be simply unprincipled. Or he may be personally distraught or ill.”
Dobbs called the DOJ and FBI “politically corrupt to the core.”
“Durham’s investigation started some 568 days ago. It appears it is not over. But I will wager this: it will amount to nothing, because any Department of Justice, any special prosecutor or counsel now, who could go this long without unearthing anything of importance to the American people to be presented at least in a report if not an indictment is an act of craven insincerity. That’s as nicely as I can put it,” he said.
For Barr’s part, he was extremely gracious and praised President Trump in his resignation. The two seem to be ending things on a cordial note.
“Just had a very nice meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr at the White House. Our relationship has been a very good one, he has done an outstanding job!” Trump tweeted. “As per letter, Bill will be leaving just before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family.”
…Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen, an outstanding person, will become Acting Attorney General. Highly respected Richard Donoghue will be taking over the duties of Deputy Attorney General. Thank you to all! pic.twitter.com/V5sqOJT9PM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 14, 2020
“I appreciate the opportunity to update you this afternoon on the Department’s review of the voter fraud allegations in the 2020 election and how these allegations will continue to be pursued,” Barr wrote in his letter. “At a time when the country is so deeply divided, it is incumbent on all levels of government, and all agencies acting within their purview, to do all we can to assure the integrity of elections and promote public confidence in their outcome.”
“I am greatly honored that you called on me to serve your Administration and the American people once again as Attorney General,” Barr continued. “I am proud to have played a role in the many successes and unprecedented achievements you have delivered for the American people. Your record is all the more historic because you accomplished it in the face of relentless, implacable resistance. Your 2016 victory speech in which you reached out to your opponents and called for working together for the benefit of the American people was immediately met be a partisan onslaught against you in which no tactic, no matter how abusive and deceitful, was out of bounds. The nadir of this campaign was the effort to cripple, if not oust, your Administration with frenzied and baseless accusations of collusion with Russia.”
“Few could have weathered these attacks, much less forge ahead with a positive program for the country,” Barr added. “You built the strongest and most resilient economy in American history — one that has brought unprecedented progress to those previously left out. You have restored American military strength. By brokering historic peace deals in the Mideast you have achieved what most thought impossible. You have curbed illegal immigration and enhanced the security of our nation’s borders. You have advanced the rule of law by appointing a record number of judges committed to constitutional principles. With Operation Warp Speed, you delivered a vaccine for coronavirus on a schedule no one thought conceivable — a feat that will undoubtedly save millions of lives.”
Barr also noted the Trump administration’s work in cracking down on Mexican drug cartels and Chinese exploitation of the American economy.
“As discussed, I will spend the next week wrapping up a few remaining matters important to the Administration and depart on December 23rd,” the letter concluded. “Wishing you, Melania, and your family a Merry Christmas and a Blessed Holiday Season. God Bless.”
Barr said his last day on the job would be Dec. 23.