By Katelyn Caralle
U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
*Barr was summoned for a meeting with Trump after revealing Tuesday that the Justice Department found no evidence of widespread voter fraud
*The attorney general was already at the White House Tuesday for other meetings when Trump demanded he also speak to his attorney general
*Following the meeting, a DOJ spokesperson put out a statement claiming the media had misconstrued and ‘incorrectly reported’ Barr’s comments
*White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters during a press briefing Wednesday that she wasn’t aware if Barr and Trump had spoken
*She also declined to comment on if the president still has ‘confidence’ in Barr
*NBC News reported that Trump has not ruled out firing Barr but aides are trying to stop him from doing so
*Barr told the AP on Tuesday: ‘To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election’
Donald Trump didn’t signal much faith in Bill Barr on Thursday, telling reporters to ‘ask me in a few weeks’ whether he still has confidence in his attorney general.
‘Ask me that in a number of weeks from now,’ Trump said following the Medal of Freedom Ceremony in the Oval Office on Thursday afternoon.
The president’s comments came after Barr said in a Tuesday interview that the Justice Department had not found any evidence of widespread voter fraud, contrary to Trump’s repeated claims that the election was ‘rigged.’
He also insisted when asked if it was time to concede that the DOJ had not looked into the alleged ‘fraud’ enough to make a determination whether there was any or not.
‘He hasn’t done anything yet,’ Trump said of Barr. ‘When he looks he’ll see the kind of evidence that right now you are seeing in the Georgia Senate.’
‘They are going through hearings right now in the Senate and they are finding tremendous volumes. So they haven’t looked very hard. Which is a disappointment to be honest,’ he continued.
The comments came following the Medal of Freedom ceremony for retired college football coach Lou Holtz.
Barr was summoned for a meeting with Trump following his revelation Tuesday that the Justice Department found no evidence of widespread voter fraud.
Barr already had other meetings at the White House when Trump demanded he also speak to his attorney general.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said during a briefing Wednesday that Barr clarified the DOJ was only looking at the cases for the criminal side, explaining that any of the allegations regarding the election will be made in civil lawsuit.
‘The campaign’s litigation is all civil litigation, which is apart from something that the DOJ would be involved in,’ McEnany told reporters.
Trump, however, contradicted his press secretary by asserting Thursday that the election fraud cases are actually criminal in nature.
‘They should be looking at all of this fraud. This is not civil. This is criminal stuff. This is very bad criminal stuff,’ Trump told reporters gathered in the Oval Office.
Trump held the Medal of Freedom Ceremony Thursday to honor famous former college football coach Lou Holtz, who is pro-Trump.
Barr was summoned for a meeting with Trump on Tuesday after he said in an interview that the Justice Department did not find any evidence of widespread voter fraud.
A source briefed on the meeting said it was ‘intense’, according to ABC News.
NBC News reported that Trump had not ruled out firing Barr, but ‘people around’ the president were trying to make sure he did not. A firing would be politically explosive and bring the possibility of a damaging series of media appearances by Barr.
While the attorney general was already on White House grounds for a few hours on Tuesday for other meetings, Trump wanted to speak with him too.
McEnany said during Wednesday’s briefing that she did not know whether Barr and Trump had met since the report was published and declined to comment on if there were any impending personnel changes.
‘I’m not aware if they’ve spoken. I know the Attorney General was here yesterday for a pre-planned meeting with the Chief of Staff, and they discussed an array of issues. But I’m not aware if the President has spoken to him directly,’ McEnany told reporters.
In response to another question about if Trump still has ‘faith’ in Barr, McEnany said: ‘The President, if he has any personnel announcements, you will be the first to know it.’
In an interview with the AP on Tuesday, Barr said the Justice Department and FBI haven’t uncovered any evidence that would change the outcome of the election.
‘To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election,’ Barr said.
Following the meeting between Barr and Trump, a DOJ spokesperson sent out a statement claiming the media inaccurately characterized the attorney general’s comments from the interview.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters during a press briefing Wednesday that she wasn’t aware if Barr and Trump had spoken since the report and declined to comment on if the president still has ‘confidence’ in Barr.
‘Some media outlets have incorrectly reported that the Department has concluded its investigation of election fraud and announced an affirmative finding of no fraud in the election,’ the spokesperson said. ‘That is not what the Associated Press reported nor what the Attorney General stated.’
‘The Department will continue to receive and vigorously pursue all specific and credible allegations of fraud as expeditiously as possible,’ the statement read.
Joe Biden joked Tuesday evening that Barr should be enrolled in ‘witness protection’ after his comments to the AP.
While speaking to The New York Times, which published his comments Wednesday morning, Biden said with a laugh that Barr just called him ‘asking if I can get him in the witness protection program for endorsing me.’
Although Barr has not actually endorsed the Democrat, Biden is suggesting his revelations about the election essentially admit there are no avenues for Trump to overturn the results.
The former vice president is also mocking the angry mob that could be after Barr as rumors swirl that he’ll be the next to go with just a few weeks left in Trump’s administration.
Barr’s comments come despite Trump’s repeated claims that the election was stolen and ‘rigged’ as he blasts out clips of a series of claims of voter fraud.
Trump also still refuses to concede to Biden.