Former Attorney General Bill Barr claimed the investigations into former President Donald Trump did not constitute election interference.
“Now, you can argue about whether he should have been charged and so forth,” said Barr.
“But the idea that this is interfering with the election is simply wrong,” he added.
Barr made the remarks during a Fox News interview with John Roberts when asked about Trump’s legal trials and tribulations.”
“I wanted to ask you about the legal trials and tribulations of your former boss now that Judge Tanya Chutkan has set March 4, the day before Super Tuesday, as the day for the president’s trial on the election to begin here in Washington, D.C.,” Roberts said.
“I guess a lot of the momentum in the primary season will have already been established. But Super Tuesday is very important,” Bill Barr said.
“And Trump supporters say this is all political. This is meant to disrupt the primary.”
Roberts then played a Bill Barr a clip from Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie about whether the Trump investigations constitute election interference.
“What interferes with the primary process is Donald Trump’s conduct and his insistence on continuing to run for President of the United States, despite the fact that he’s been indicted in four different jurisdictions and is out on bail in four different jurisdictions in this country, whether you believe the charges are just or not, they are here,” Christie said int he clip.
Barr agreed with Christie.
“The basic principle in the criminal justice system is if a prominent person commits a crime and is seeking office, that doesn’t give him immunity,” said Barr.
“If there’s enough time to have it resolved before the election, it should be resolved. The idea that ‘oh, okay, well, I’m sorry, we’ll let you run in the election and then after we’ll address it,’ that’s not a principle of the criminal [justice system].
Described the idea of blanket immunity for candidates as “silly,” Barr continued:
“Now, you can argue about whether he should have been charged and so forth, but the idea that this is interfering with the election is simply wrong.”