'She's lost it': Fox News host Maria Bartiromo and AG Bill Barr got into a shouting match about the 2020 election, book says

Collage: Former Attorney General Bill Barr and Fox News host Maria Bartiromo.
Former Attorney General Bill Barr and Fox News host Maria Bartiromo.Michael Reynolds, Steven Ferdman/Getty Images
  • Bill Barr told ABC News' Jonathan Karl that Maria Bartiromo called him screaming after the election.

  • Bartiromo, a longtime Fox News host, denied having gotten into a shouting match with Trump's AG.

  • "She's lost it," Barr told Karl of Bartiromo for Karl's new book.

Former Attorney General Bill Barr said that after the 2020 election, the longtime Fox News host Maria Bartiromo called him to complain that the Justice Department was not doing enough to investigate President Donald Trump's voter-fraud claims, according to a new book by the ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl.

"She called me up and she was screaming," Barr told Karl of Bartiromo. "I yelled back at her. She's lost it."

The conversation is reported in Karl's book "Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show," which comes out on Tuesday. Insider obtained an early copy of the book.

Bartiromo, who did not speak on the record for Karl's book, denied Barr's account in a statement to Insider.

"Maria Bartiromo denied these allegations noting it was Barr who was aggressive with her, yelling and cursing during the call," a Fox News spokesperson said in an email that was similar to the statement the network gave Karl for the book.

On her Fox News and Fox Business shows after the election, Bartiromo amplified baseless voter-fraud claims and featured guests such as the attorney Sidney Powell who sought to challenge the election results. Election officials have repeatedly dismissed conspiracy theories of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election as false.

Powell's election-fraud claims have been thoroughly debunked, and she's facing defamation lawsuits from election-tech firms. Fox News has been seeking to dismiss a similar lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems.

Fox News projected Joe Biden as the winner of the election on November 7 last year. Trump had reportedly been furious with the network when, days earlier, it projected that Biden won Arizona, a key swing state that Trump had won in 2016. Trump has continued to push falsehoods that he was the rightful winner of the election.

Read the original article on Business Insider