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

Attorney General William BarrBill BarrHouse Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists Judge temporarily blocks release of Trump obstruction memo Garland pledges review of DOJ policies amid controversy MORE on Tuesday said that he would indeed vacate his post if President TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations 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 JeffriesPelosi signals no further action against Omar House unveils antitrust package to rein in tech giants Wray grilled on FBI's handling of Jan. 6 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) WallaceSunday shows - Biden foreign policy in focus Pompeo defends Trump on Russia in Chris Wallace interview Lewandowski says Trump has not spoken to him about being reinstated MORE in which Wallace asked the president — who's currently trailing presumptive Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer Rep. Rohrabacher says he took part in Jan. 6 march to Capitol but did not storm building Saudis picked up drugs in Cairo used to kill Khashoggi: report Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting 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 RichmondTrey Gowdy sets goal of avoiding ideological echo chamber with Fox News show The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden faces pressure amid infrastructure negotiations Buttigieg acknowledges 'daylight' between White House, GOP on infrastructure MORE (D-La.) about the legality of moving Election Day, an idea that White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Israel-Hamas ceasefire is holding — what's next? Eric Trump buys .2M home near father's golf club in Florida CDC's about-face on masks appears politically motivated to help a struggling Biden 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.