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

Attorney General William BarrBill BarrBarr breaks with Trump on claims of fraud Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel Barr says DOJ hasn't uncovered widespread voter fraud in 2020 election MORE on Tuesday said that he would indeed vacate his post if President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump 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 JeffriesHouse Democrats pick Aguilar as No. 6 leader in next Congress Nominated for another Speaker term, Pelosi says it's her last Katherine Clark secures No. 4 leadership spot for House Democrats 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) WallaceBiden adviser: 'He does not have any concern' about Trump lawsuits Public health expert: Americans no longer acting 'with common purpose' on pandemic Anti-Defamation League criticizes White House appointee 'who has consorted with racists' MORE in which Wallace asked the president — who's currently trailing presumptive Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump Cruz urges Supreme Court to take up Pennsylvania election challenge 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 RichmondRep. Mark Walker announces Senate bid in North Carolina Biden takes steps toward creating diverse Cabinet Clyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts MORE (D-La.) about the legality of moving Election Day, an idea that White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump Trump has discussed possible pardons for three eldest children, Kushner: report Trump, Kushner, White House sued by watchdog to prevent illegal deletion of official emails, WhatsApp messages 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.