Maria Bartiromo, among Fox Corp.â€™s biggest on-air enablers of Donald Trumpâ€™s falsehoods about election fraud, used her media clout to vent to then-Attorney General William Barr after Trumpâ€™s defeat, according to a new book.
â€œShe called me up and she was screaming,â€ Barr told Karl in an excerpt shared by CNN on Sunday. â€œI yelled back at her. Sheâ€™s lost it.â€
Karl, the ABC News chief Washington correspondent, confronted Bartiromo about Barrâ€™s assertion because â€œafter all, itâ€™s highly inappropriate for a journalist to call the attorney general and demand he do something related to a criminal investigation.â€
Karl wrote that Bartiromo didnâ€™t respond but a Fox spokesperson â€œdenied Barrâ€™s account of the conversation on Bartiromoâ€™s behalf.â€ It was Barr who set the aggressive tone, the rep said. HuffPost has reached out to Fox for further comment.
Karl also described Bartiromo in unflattering terms. She was someone who â€œhad once been a widely respected and trailblazing financial journalist. … 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,â€ he wrote.