Updated Jun 10, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Jan. 6 committee airs closed-door video of Bill Barr deposition

Bill Barr video on large screen above panelist heads.
Former Attorney General Bill Barr is seen on a screen during the House hearing investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection, June 9. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Jan. 6 committee aired a closed-door video of former Attorney General Bill Barr's deposition to kick off the prime-time hearing.

Driving the news: "I told the president it was bull***t. I didn't want to be a part of it," Barr said.

What they're saying: Committee Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said testimony will reveal that Trump said on Jan. 6 that former Vice President Mike Pence "deserves" to be hanged.

  • "Maybe our supporters have the right idea," Trump said, according to a testimony read by Cheney.

The big picture: Barr, who resigned in December 2020, has said that former President Trump's false claims about the 2020 presidential election fueled his decision to cut ties with Trump.

  • Barr said in December 2020 that the Department of Justice had not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the result of the presidential election.

Editor's note: This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

Go deeper