Former Attorney General William Barr reportedly dismissed President Donald Trump's claims that the 2020 presidential election was "stolen" during a meeting in December, Axios reports.
On Dec. 1, during a meeting with Trump and White House counsel Pat Cipollone in the Oval Office, Barr reportedly told the president that his theories about the election being stolen were "b-------," and said, "These things aren't panning out. The stuff that these people are filling your ear with just isn't true."
Cipollone and some of the aides in the room expressed shock that Barr would say that to the president, but did not disagree at the time, according to Axios. Barr also reportedly warned Trump about his "clownish" new legal team challenging the results of the election.
"I'm a pretty informed legal observer and I can't f------ figure out what the theory is here," Barr said at the time. "It's just scattershot. It's all over the hill and gone."
The meeting took place just after Trump had seen a headline from The Associated Press saying: "Disputing Trump, Barr says no widespread election fraud," according to Axios.
"To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election," Barr had told the AP.
"Why would you say such a thing? You must hate Trump. There's no other reason for it. You must hate Trump," the president said during the meeting, according to Axios.
The president also yelled "no one supports me" before storming out of the meeting.
Trump announced on Dec. 14 that Barr would step down as attorney general at the end of the month, just weeks before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
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