Barr on the election: 'If the results are clear, I would leave office'

Attorney General William BarrBill BarrHow would a Biden Justice Department be different? Joe Biden played it safe Kamala Harris: The right choice at the right time MORE on Tuesday said that he would indeed vacate his post if President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE loses his bid for reelection in November, but punted when asked a follow-up question on the matter.

During his hearing with the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, Barr was peppered by the panel's Democratic members about a wide range of Justice Department-related topics — whether Trump would leave office if he lost November's general election was just one of them.

Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesJeffries on Senate coronavirus bill: 'Totally irrelevant' Gohmert tests positive for COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Brawls on Capitol Hill on Barr and COVID-19 MORE (D-N.Y.) asked the attorney general: "Mr. Barr ... what will you do if Donald Trump loses the election on November 3rd but refuses to leave office on January 20th?”

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Barr answered: "Well, if the results are clear, I would leave office.” 

“Do you believe that there is any basis or legitimacy to Donald Trump’s recent claim that he can’t provide an answer as to whether he would leave office?" Jeffries followed up.

“I really am not familiar with these comments or the context in which they occurred, so I’m not going to give commentary on them," Barr replied

Jeffries is most likely referring to an exchange during Trump's interview with Fox News' Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceChris Wallace: Kamala Harris 'not far to the left despite what Republicans are gonna try to say' Mnuchin: Democrats will 'have a lot of explaining to do' if they want to challenge Trump orders in court Pelosi: Trump executive actions 'are illusions' MORE in which Wallace asked the president — who's currently trailing presumptive Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenRon Johnson signals some GOP senators concerned about his Obama-era probes On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE by double-digits in numerous national polls — if he would accept the results of the election.

“You don’t know until you see,” Trump told Wallace. “It depends. I think mail-in voting is going to rig the election. I really do.”

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However, in a June interview with the network's Harris Faulkner when asked a similar question, he said, "Certainly, if I don't win, I don't win."

Barr was also asked by Rep. Cedric RichmondCedric Levon RichmondExperts warn mail-in voting misinformation could threaten elections One way we can honor John Lewis' legacy: Amend the 13th Amendment Lawmakers, public bid farewell to John Lewis MORE (D-La.) about the legality of moving Election Day, an idea that White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden, Harris make first public appearance as running mates Kanye West meets with Jared Kushner amid White House bid: report Federal government pauses Kodak loan pending probes MORE floated earlier in the year at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I haven’t looked into that question, under the Constitution," Barr said, later adding that he has "no reason to think" that the general election will be rigged.

The date of Election Day, the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, is constitutionally set, meaning that the date could only be altered by Congress.