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Barr blasts Trump for orchestrating mob, calls it ‘betrayal of his office’

  • Former Attorney General William Barr called President Donald Trump's actions a "betrayal of his office and supporters."
  • Barr, who ran the Department of Justice, was one of Trump's most loyal defenders in the president's Cabinet.
  • He left the Trump administration in December.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr and U.S. President Donald Trump attend a signing ceremony for an executive order in the Oval Office of the White House on November 26, 2019 in Washington, DC.Drew Angerer | Getty Images News | Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Former Attorney General William Barr has called President Donald Trump's actions a "betrayal of his office and supporters" after pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

In a statement obtained by NBC News on Thursday, Barr said Trump was responsible for "orchestrating a mob to pressure Congress," calling his former boss' actions "inexcusable."

The Associated Press first reported the news.

Barr, who ran the Department of Justice, was one of Trump's most loyal defenders in the president's Cabinet. He left the Trump administration last month after publicly breaking with the president over election fraud claims.

In early December, Barr said the Department of Justice had not found any evidence of widespread voter or election fraud that would result in overturning Democrat Joe Biden's victory.

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