Attorney General William Barr took a shot at Democrats who are hoping to jail him while in his first interview with Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”
Barr told host Bill Hemmer during a visit to El Salvador for meetings with law enforcement officials that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s accusation that he lied to Congress was “laughable” and seemed unconcerned about the attempt to hold him in contempt of Congress, according to Fox News.
“That’s part of the usual … political circus that’s being played out. It doesn’t surprise me,” he said.
Barr then shared details about the Justice Department’s investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation, saying that the answers that himself and the investigator have received up to this point have been “inadequate.”
“The first step is to find out exactly what happened, and we’re trying to get our arms around that, getting all the relevant information from the various agencies and starting to talk to some of the people that have information,” Barr told Hemmer according to Fox.
While Barr is insistent that there is much to learn about the reason that the Department of Justice under former President Barack Obama was spying on the Trump campaign, Democrats have accused the attorney general of acting as President Donald Trump’s attorney, as opposed to an impartial purveyor of justice.
“I think there’s a misconception out there that we know a lot about what happened,” he said.
“The fact of the matter is Bob Mueller did not look at the government’s activities. He was looking at whether or not the Trump campaign had conspired with the Russians. But he was not going back and looking at the counterintelligence program. And we have a number of investigations underway that touch upon it — the main one being the office of inspector general that’s looking at the FISA warrants.”
In his interview, Barr put the most importance on finding out what the government was trying to do during the period that they were beginning their investigation.
In his interview Friday, Barr said he stressed it is of the utmost importance “to find out what the government was doing during that period.”
“I’ve been trying to get answers to questions and I found that a lot of the answers have been inadequate. And I’ve also found that some of the explanations I’ve gotten don’t hang together,” Barr told Hemmer.
“So in a sense, I have more questions today than I did when I first started. Some of what things don’t hang together, some of the explanations of what occurred. People have to find out what the government was doing during that period. If we’re worried about foreign influence, for the very same reason shouldn’t we be worried about whether government officials abused their power and put their thumb on the scale?”
He added: “I’m not saying that happened, but I’m saying that we have to look at that.”
Barr then turned his attention to Pelosi, D-Calif., and her recent claims that he lied under oath.
“It’s a laughable charge and I think it’s largely being made to try to discredit me partly because they may be concerned about the outcome of a review of what happened during the election,” Barr countered.
“They may be trying to undermine my credibility, but obviously you can look at the face of my testimony and see on its face that there was nothing inaccurate about it.”