- Trump reportedly sought to pressure US attorneys to investigate his election-fraud claims last year.
- The claim is in Michael Wolff’s book about the final months of the Trump administration.
- Trump also grew furious when AG Bill Barr would not back his election-fraud claims, the book said.
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Then-President Donald Trump called US attorneys individually to pressure them to launch investigations into his bogus election-fraud claims, but was ignored, according to Daily Beast excerpts of Michael Wolff’s new book about the final months of the Trump administration.
According to Wolff, Trump took the step of calling individual attorneys to get them to open investigations in their districts in a bid to substantiate the claim that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
Then-Attorney General Bill Barr had refused to back the claims, telling reporters on December 1 that the Justice Department and FBI had uncovered no evidence of election fraud on a scale to impact the result.
Wolff wrote that at the time, “Trump had been personally calling around to various US attorneys in swing state districts, among them his appointee William McSwain in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania” trying to convince them to start investigations, per the Daily Beast’s excerpt.
When his bid to persuade the attorneys failed, Trump turned his ire on Barr, who had been widely regarded as one of his most steadfast allies.
“If I had won, Barr would have licked the floor if I asked him to. What a phony!” Trump said, according to the Daily Beast excerpt of Wolff’s book.
The Daily Beast did not say when exactly this episode took place.
Trump’s office and McSwain, who is now in private practice, did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Trump launched a campaign on several fronts last year to persuade state GOP officials in several swing states to back his bid to overturn his election defeat. The New York Times reported earlier this week that Trump tried to call a GOP leader in Arizona twice as he was trying to overturn the election result, but was ignored.
Election-fraud lawsuits have also been defeated or thrown out in multiple courts, including the US Supreme Court, last year.
But several GOP-controlled legislatures have introduced sweeping laws to restrict access to voting, a sign of the lasting legacy of Trump’s election fraud conspiracy theory.
Liz Harrington, a spokeswoman for the former president, has dismissed Wolff’s book as containing a series of falsehoods.
“All these stories from the Michael Wolff book are not true. Wolff never asked President Trump about them, if he had, he would have refuted them. Fake News!” she tweeted on July 6.