Barr: 'I haven't looked into' whether Ukraine meddled in 2016 election

Barr: 'I haven't looked into' whether Ukraine meddled in 2016 election
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Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump administration pressured federal prosecutors to settle investigation into Turkish bank: report DOJ shifts, will allow local police to wear body cameras during operations with federal agents Police accountability board concludes that Seattle police officers used excessive force during encounters with protesters MORE on Tuesday distanced himself from a growing narrative among Republicans that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 U.S. election, saying he hadn't personally delved into the matter.

"I am confident the Russians attempted to interfere in the election. I don’t know about the Ukrainians, I haven’t even looked into it, frankly," Barr told NBC News.


When asked about a debunked claim pushed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpStephen Miller: Trump to further crackdown on illegal immigration if he wins US records 97,000 new COVID-19 cases, shattering daily record Biden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll MORE that Ukraine possessed a hacked Democratic server, Barr said he was unfamiliar with the idea.

"Fortunately I haven’t gotten into the Ukraine thing yet," Barr said. "I don’t know. I’m not even sure about the nature of these allegations."

Barr added that the White House did not ask him to connect with anyone from Ukraine to discuss an investigation into the Bidens.

The comments come as House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment accusing Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress following weeks of investigating his conduct toward Ukraine.

The impeachment inquiry was sparked by revelations brought to the House from a whistleblower complaint centered around a July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. 

On the call, Trump asked Zelensky to "look into" the Bidens and "do us a favor" by looking into a baseless claim that Ukraine is connected to a hacked Democratic server from the 2016 election. 

Democrats have seized on the exchange to allege Trump was pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rivals.

The president last month claimed again during a "Fox & Friends" interview that the Democratic server was given to "a Ukrainian company."

The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, and Trump's former homeland security adviser earlier this year said the claim about Ukraine had "no validity."

But several Republicans have raised the possibility that Ukraine meddled to assist Democrats in the 2016 election. Sens. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Memo: Texas could deliver political earthquake Harris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden Cruz wants donors to repay K he loaned to his 2018 campaign MORE (R-Texas) pushed those theories in combative interviews on "Meet the Press" in recent weeks.