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

Attorney General William BarrBill BarrDemocrats' silence on our summer of violence is a tactical blunder Trump prizes loyalty over competence — we are seeing the results Rep. Raúl Grijalva tests positive for COVID-19 MORE on Tuesday said that he would indeed vacate his post if President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 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?”


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) WallaceTrump adviser Jason Miller: Biden running mate pick 'his political living will' Sunday shows - Stimulus debate dominates Bass: 'Lesson learned' on 2016 Castro comments MORE in which Wallace asked the president — who's currently trailing presumptive Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign emails supporters encouraging mask-wearing: 'We have nothing to lose' Cuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Democrats want Biden to debate Trump despite risks 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.”


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 RichmondOne way we can honor John Lewis' legacy: Amend the 13th Amendment Lawmakers, public bid farewell to John Lewis Barr on the election: 'If the results are clear, I would leave office' MORE (D-La.) about the legality of moving Election Day, an idea that White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerDeutsche Bank launches investigation into longtime banker of Trump, Kushner Watchdog group accuses Stephen Miller of violating Hatch Act with Biden comments Ivanka and Kushner earned at least M in outside income last year: financial disclosures 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.