Barr contradicts Trump before leaving attorney general role

President Donald Trump said China may have been behind the cyberattack that targeted federal agencies and private companies, but Attorney General William Barr said it “appears to be the Russians.”
2:23 | 12/22/20

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Transcript for Barr contradicts Trump before leaving attorney general role
There's news tonight involving president trump and his efforts since election day to overturn an election that Joe Biden won by more than 7 million votes. Tonight, attorney general William Barr, with just days left in his role, now saying there is no basis to seize voting machines, that no special counsel is needed on election fraud. And saying that no special counsel is also needed on hunter Biden. Here's Pierre Thomas. Reporter: Sydney Powell back at the white house today, one of the fringe supporters president trump is surrounding himself with during his final days in office. Powell, along with convicted and pardoned former national security adviser Michael Flynn pushing wild conspiracy theories allegedly suggesting seizing voting machines and instituting martial law to overturn the election.t today, the president's own attorney general, bill Barr, breaking ranks with the president he has defended so often, saying it's not going to happen. I see no basis. Reporter: Barr repeating what he said before. There was no widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the election. And there's no reason to appoint a special counsel to investigate. If I thought a special counsel at this stage was the right tool and was appropriate, I would name one, but I haven't and I'm not going to. Rep Barr openly defying the president in likely his final appearance as A.G. With just two days left on the job, Barr also pushing back on the president's reported wish to have a special counsel look into President-Elect Biden's son hunter, rather than allowing the current U.S. Attorney investigation to proceed. I think that it's being handled responsibly and Reporter: And while the president says China may have been behind the massive cyber attack targeting federal agencies and private company, today, Barr making it clear -- From the information I have, it appears to be the Russians. Pierre, why would Barr do this with just two days left? Reporter: He's showing a bit of Independence andlearly has a low opinion of the fringe ideas being promoted those close to the president. And he perhaps is giving cover to the man who will become acting A.G. And will have to deal with all of this coming for the next 30 days or so. And David, we now hear that Rudy Giuliani is distancing himself from pow, saying she does not speak for the president. David? Pierre, thank you.

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