According to CNN
legal analyst Elie Honig, former Attorney General Bill Barr
's recent efforts to distance himself from former President Donald Trump
's election lies
are "image rehabilitation, pure and simple."
Barr told The Atlantic
in an interview
published Sunday that he suspected Trump's claims of electoral fraud
were "bullshit" all along, but he played along with the charade at the time, refusing to publicly refute the lies until nearly a month after the election.
Former federal prosecutor Honig told CNN's Erin Burnett that Barr is backtracking because he is "very conscious of his image and the way he's perceived."
“What he isn’t reminding us of is the fact that in the months leading up to the election, he was publicly one of the biggest cheerleaders for the big lie
,” Honig said, adding:
“It’s as if Bill Barr started a fire
, fanned the flames, watched it burn down the house
, and then only at the end sort of tossed his drink on it. He gets no credit for this. Let’s be clear. He was one of the biggest perpetrators of the ‘Big Lie.’ It’s on him.”
Raw Story has the video below.