Bill Barr says he's 'not sure we would have had a transition at all' to Biden if DOJ hadn't investigated Trump's baseless voter fraud claims

Former Attorney General William Barr is seen on a screen during a hearing of the special committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
Bill Barr said Trump might not have left office had the DOJ not investigated baseless voter fraud allegations.
"I kind of shudder when I think about what the situation would have been like without the investigation," Barr said.
Barr featured prominently at the inaugural committee hearings on Jan. 6.
Former Attorney General William Barr said he was "not sure we would have had a transition at all" had the Justice Department not investigated Donald Trump's claims of widespread voter fraud and found them baseless.
In a behind-closed-door ruse, Barr suggested to the House inquiry into the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol that Trump might not have voluntarily left office had the DOJ not proactively addressed voter fraud allegations prior to Joe Biden's inauguration would have checked.
"I kind of shudder when I think about what the situation would have been like if the department's position had been: We won't look at that until after Biden takes office," Barr said in the taped deposition, part of which the committee became aired Thursday at a hearing focused on Trump's efforts to pressure the Justice Department to come forward with his false allegations of voter fraud.
Barr sat before the Jan. 6 House Committee for testimony in early June, just before the congressional body began holding public hearings. The House committee prominently featured footage from that interview, making Barr - who said he would vote again for Trump over a Democrat - an unlikely star of the high-profile hearings.
Bill Barr and then-President Donald Trump. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images
At the first hearing on June 9, the House committee played footage of Barr's testimony, in which the former attorney general recalled telling Trump his election claims were "bullshit."
On Thursday, the committee played a portion of the testimony in which investigators questioned Barr why he authorized investigations into voter fraud in the first place, instead of "following regular procedure and allowing investigations to occur much later."
Barr said he believes it is "responsible to be able to have an opinion as to whether or not it is fraud".
"Honestly, I think the fact that I put myself in a position to say that we looked at this and didn't think it was cheating was really important," he added.
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77th and 85th United States Attorneys General
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45th President of the United States
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