Donald Trump gleefully poked fun at his former attorney general, William Barr, ahead of their dueling interviews on Fox Business and Fox News on Thursday.
Ready to turn the tables on anyone who opposed him, the former president is warming up for his first TV appearance since his latest impeachment, accusing Barr of cowardly pandering to the left.
“Just found this clip of Bill Barr before he ‘bowed’ to impeachment and other threats from radical left lunatics,” Trump wrote on Truth Social, attaching a 2020 CNN interview of Barr defending his then-boss.
He tried to paint Barr, a Trump loyalist turned conservative cynic, as weak, saying, “His bravado changed quickly because he didn’t want to be impeached.”
Donald Trump looks on at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey on August 13.
Barr resigned as attorney general in December 2020 after refusing to support the then-president’s baseless conspiracies of widespread election fraud.
He has since become one of Trump’s most vocal critics, calling the president’s plot to cancel the 2024 election “reprehensible” earlier this month.
“The Republicans have to be much tougher and smarter, or you won’t have a party or a country left,” Trump warned. “Barr didn’t have the guts or stamina to fight, but he knew what was going on.”
The politician even said he showed Barr the door, claiming: “I ‘canned’ him and felt really good about it.” Now he goes everywhere, especially Fox, pretending to be a tough guy!”
Barr appeared unfazed as he appeared on Fox News later that afternoon, at the same time as Trump’s heavily publicized Fox Business interview with Larry Kudlow.
William Barr speaks at a meeting of the Federalist Society on September 20, 2022 in Washington, DC
In his interview, Barr told host Neil Cavuto that there was a good chance Trump would be convicted on “some charges.” He currently faces 91 felonies in four separate cases in New York, Florida, Georgia and Washington, DC
“At the end of the day, at the core of this thing, he engaged in the dossier case and outrageous conduct that anyone would be prosecuted for,” Barr said, referring to Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified documents. “I don’t know of any attorney general who could walk away from that.”
Barr has not completely turned his back on Trump, who remains the front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nominee.
Asked if he would vote to impeach the president twice in the next election, Barr hesitated and said, “Well, you know I have to wait and see all the evidence that comes out about his behavior and so on. “