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Yesterday at some Republican gathering Barr defended his Nov-Dec 2020 decision not to support Trump's claim that the election was stolen. He is attempting to win back moderate Republican support (and the entire legal community) because of how he ran the DOJ prior to the election.
Barr was, and always has been, professionally and politically ambitious. Barr was using Trump just as much as Trump was using Barr. Barr was 100% on board with whatever Trump wanted, as long as Trump was president. But the moment it was clear Trump had lost the election by a significant margin, Barr was ready to clean out his office and move on. For Barr there was no F'ing way was he going to promote election claims that had no factual foundation and no legal merit. It was not because he was being an ethical man, it was because he knew if he did stay on board the Trump train, in the end, it would be a huge train wreck, and everybody, including Donald Trump, would be blaming him for everything. Trump and his base would be blaming him for not being successful in getting the election results overturned even it required him to commit federal crimes. And everybody else (those not in Trump's base) would be blaming him for even attempting to have a valid election overturned when in fact he knew there was no election fraud. A huge risk that he would be charged with federal crimes.
The way Trump thinks and operates, facts do not matter, election results do not matter. The only thing that matters is that he gets what he wants, and typically that means he wins by using tools that most people do not use (lying, stealing, cheating, etc). If loses $1 million during a poker game, he claims that the other players cheated, when in fact he was cheating the entire poker game, but still lost $1 million... That is an example of how bad Trump is at winning; even when he cheats, he still manages to lose... But the kicker to Trump's all financials dealing is that $1 million he lost during the poker game (aka his business ventures over 50+ years), was other people's money (Bank loans), not his, so in the end, he loses nothing, but many others do. Always gable with other people's money.
Barr was smart enough not to take Trump's bait, and attempt to use the DOJ to have the election overturned. Trump expected Barr to do whatever it takes to make it happen, just like Trump has always done: Use other people and resources and force them to do what is required to achieve expected results. Facts do not matter and the truth is irrelevant. Create false information, alter documents, accuses others of illegal acts they never committed. If what is required is illegal, pressure others to commit the crimes, convenience them they are doing the right thing, or feel they have no choice. Create the illusion that their actions are justified because they "Saving America" or any other BS they need to hear to get them to break the law and do other unethical actions such as lie, cheat, steal. It never matters how something gets done, as long as it gets done.
Think Barr like to Nazi general who reported directly to Hitler, more than happy do whatever is needed to done, as long as Hilter remains in power, but once it became evident that Allied armies were going to win the war, his unwavering loyalty is gone and is saving himself.