Barr in communication with Jan. 6 House panel over possible cooperation

Source: The Hill | May 19, 2022 | Caroline Vakil

Former Attorney General William Barr is reportedly in communication with the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot about potentially cooperating with its probe, multiple news outlets reported on Thursday.

Two sources with direct knowledge told Axios, which first reported the news, that Barr is discussing providing formal testimony before the panel. One source familiar with Barr’s thinking told the outlet that the former Trump official will likely cooperate.

Two sources familiar with the matter told CNN that Barr has “tentatively agreed to give sworn testimony behind closed doors.”

Jan. 6 Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) previously said that Barr had been in informal discussions with his panel.

Committee Vice Chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and committee lawyers met informally with Barr last fall at his home, sources familiar with the matter told CNN. One source told the outlet the meeting centered around interactions Barr had with former President Trump before and after the 2020 election.

Barr drew the ire of the former president after telling Trump that there was no evidence of mass fraud committed in the last presidential election, ultimately resigning from his post in Dec. 2020. 


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