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Former AG William Barr appears to have met with Jan. 6 committee

The panel is expected to begin public hearings next week.

Former Attorney General William Barr appears to have met with the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on Thursday, days before the panel is expected to begin public hearings.

Barr was spotted leaving a Washington conference room used by the committee. He declined to comment to reporters.

In January, Rep. Bennie Thompson, R-Miss., the committee chairman, said on CBS's "Face the Nation" that Barr had spoken with the panel.

Barr released a book this year that was at times sharply critical of former President Donald Trump, under whom he served. However, Barr said that while he believes Trump is morally responsible for the Capitol riot, he was not legally culpable.

In an interview with NBC News in March, Barr said Trump became furious when Barr told him there was no evidence the 2020 election was fraudulent.

“I told him that all this stuff was bulls--- ... about election fraud. And, you know, it was wrong to be shoveling it out the way his team was,” Barr said.

Barr stepped down as attorney general in December 2020.