Trump's advisors are frantically trying to stop him from firing Attorney General Barr as the president's fury hits a boiling point

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President Donald Trump with Attorney General William Barr at the US Capitol on May 15, 2019. AP Photo/Evan Vucci
  • President Donald Trump's anger with Attorney General William Barr has reached a boiling point, and multiple advisors are trying to persuade him not to fire Barr, The Washington Post reported.

  • Trump is said to be furious with Barr's failure to deliver on a politically charged investigation into the origins of the FBI's Russia inquiry.

  • Trump's frustration mounted this week after Barr undercut his conspiracy theories about the US election.

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President Donald Trump's anger toward Attorney General William Barr has reached a boiling point in recent days, and multiple advisors are trying to persuade the president not to fire Barr, The Washington Post reported late Wednesday.

Trump's fury is said to stem mainly from Barr's failure to deliver on a politically charged investigation into the origins of the FBI's Russia inquiry. That probe, spearheaded by US Attorney John Durham, is examining whether the bureau broke the law when it investigated whether the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government to tilt the 2016 US election in his favor.

The attorney general told Republican senators in September that Durham's investigation would not conclude in time to release a public report before last month's US election. The news angered Trump, who had long claimed the investigation would show proof the Obama administration and the "deep state" masterminded a plot to take him down by illegally launching the Russia inquiry.

So far, the Durham investigation has resulted in a criminal charge against a former FBI lawyer who pleaded guilty to making false statements to investigators. But it has not uncovered evidence of a nefarious conspiracy against the president by his perceived political foes. Durham's investigation is ongoing, and Barr appointed him special counsel, under the same regulations that governed Robert Mueller's 2017 appointment to the role.

One senior administration official told The Post that Trump remained livid that Durham didn't issue a public report of his findings before the 2o2o election and that Barr secretly appointed him special counsel. "A lot of it is Durham," the official said.

The president's frustration with Barr mounted this week after Barr told the Associated Press in an interview that the FBI and the Department of Justice did not have evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 US election.

The revelation flew in the face of the Trump legal team's bogus claims that Democrats conspired with "big media" to steal the election by engineering nationwide voter fraud and working with South American communist dictators (some of whom died years ago) to rig voting machines.

ABC News reported that Trump and Barr had an "intense" meeting at the White House after the AP interview was published. The DOJ also released a statement qualifying some of Barr's claims hours after his meeting with the president. But Trump has continued complaining about Barr in the day since the interview dropped, The Post reported. A DOJ representative declined to comment on the matter.

Barr's potential termination would add to a growing list of revenge firings Trump has carried out since losing the election. In the week after he lost, the president dismissed Defense Secretary Mark Esper, as well as Chris Krebs, the US's top cybersecurity official who drew Trump's ire by publicly refuting Republicans' misinformation about the election.

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