Attorney General Bill Barr, in an interview Wednesday with Fox News, warned that impeachment could be “trivialized” by Democrats’ efforts to remove President Trump, while also firing back at ex-FBI Director James Comey’s reaction to the Justice Department inspector general’s report on the Russia investigation.
“As a general matter, I think we have to be careful about trivializing the process and they put in a hurdle of high crimes — of treason, bribery and other high crimes,” Barr told “The Story with Martha MacCallum” in an interview scheduled to air Wednesday night. “The articles of impeachment here do not allege a violation of law, and it looks as if it’s going to be along partisan lines — I think — you know, I’m concerned about it being trivialized and used as a political tool.”
This is similar to what Barr said during an NBC News interview after the report’s release.
“These irregularities, these misstatements, these omissions were not satisfactorily explained, and I think that leaves open the possibility to infer bad faith,” he said.
Yet Comey called this “an irresponsible statement,” telling Fox News’ Chris Wallace that Barr “does not have a factual basis as the Attorney General of the United States to be speculating that agents acted in bad faith.”