Bill Barr got into a screaming match with Fox News personality Maria Bartiromo: new book
More excerpts are leaking of Jonathan Karl's new book about the White House of former President Donald Trump. According to one part quoted by CNN, former Attorney General Bill Barr ended up being screamed at by Fox News host Maria Bartiromo. So, he screamed back.
The book describes the unhinged Bartiromo as "screaming" about false voter fraud, which Barr fact-checked in an exit interview with the Associated Press.
"Bartiromo had once been a widely respected and trailblazing financial journalist," the book describes. "As a correspondent for CNBC, she was the first television reporter to report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Now she had her own show on Fox News and she was using it to boost a series of unfounded allegations designed to overturn a presidential election."
Bartiromo invited Sidney Powell, the onetime lawyer for Donald Trump, who rattled off a series of false claims without any "skepticism" from the Fox host.
"It was all a lie," wrote Karl, "but Sidney Powell's deranged theories would have never taken hold if there weren't people in positions of power and influence who had promoted them -- people like Maria Bartiromo."
It was in another section that Karl reveals the Bartiromo call with Barr.
"She called me up and she was screaming," Barr told Karl for the book. "I yelled back at her. She's lost it."
Karl said that he asked for her response, noting it's unethical for a journalist to call the attorney general to lobby "and demand he do something related to a criminal investigation."
"Bartiromo did not respond," Karl said, "but a Fox News spokesperson did get back to me and denied Barr's account of the conversation on Bartiromo's behalf."
Karl's book Betrayal will be released on Tuesday Nov. 16.
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