On Friday, Attorney General joined Fox News host Bill Hemmer for an exclusive interview about the recent debacle surrounding the Russia investigation.
During the interview, the Attorney General responded to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s statements that he lied to Congress.
“Nancy Pelosi, she believes you lied under oath. What do you think of that charge?” Hemmer asked.
“Well, I think it’s a laughable charge,” Barr responded. “And I think it’s largely being made to try to discredit me, partly because they might be concerned about the outcome of a review.”
Barr seems to not be worried at all by Pelosi considering he mocked the Speaker at an event in D.C. on Wednesday.
According to a reporter on Twitter, Barr mocked Pelosi by saying, “Madam Speaker, did you bring your handcuffs?”
“Today at a law enforcement ceremony at Capitol: AG Barr approached Pelosi, shook her hand: “Madam Speaker, did you bring your handcuffs?” Pelosi smiled and, per a bystander, told Barr the House Sergeant at Arms was there should an arrest be needed. Barr laughed; walked away,” Congressional correspondent for the New York Times Nicholas Fandos said on Twitter.
During the interview on Fox, Barr also discussed the confusion surrounding the DOJ and FBI on how the whole Russia investigation started in the first place.
Check out the transcript below:
Attorney General Bill Barr: The first step it trying to find out what happened. And we’re trying to get our arms around that, getting all of the relevant information from the various agencies, and starting to talk to some of the people who have information. The thing that is interesting about this is this was handled at a very senior level at these departments. It wasn’t handled in the ordinary way that investigations or counter intelligence activities are conducted. It was sort of an ad hoc small group. And most of these people are no longer with the FBI or CIA or the other agencies involved.
Bill Hemmer: This appears to run deep. Why is this so hard to figure out?
AG Barr: Well, there are two things here. One, no one has really looked at it. I think there’s a misconception out there that we know a lot about what happened. 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… We have a number of investigations going on that touch upon it. The main one being the Office of Inspector General is looking at the FISA warrants… I thought once I came in all of the questions that I had would already have been answered but that is not the case…
Bill Hemmer: You also said back in April there appeared to be spying going on in the Trump campaign. When do you think that started?
AG Barr: What I will say is I’ve been trying to get answers to the questions and I’ve found that a lot of the answers have been inadequate.
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