Kamala Harris forces Bill Barr to admit no one in his office looked at the evidence before exonerating Trump
Bill Barr and Kamala Harris. (Screenshot)

California Senator Kamala Harris on Wednesday grilled Attorney General Bill Barr over his decision not to charge President Donald Trump with obstruction of justice.

"Now the special counsel's investigation produced a great deal of evidence," Harris, a Democratic presidential hopeful, said. "I'm led to believe it included witnesses notes and e-mails, witness interviews, testimony, which were summarized in the FBI 302 forms, former director Comey’s memos and the president’s public statements. My question is in reaching your conclusion, did you personally review all of the underlying evidence?"

Barr admitted that he had not.

"We accepted the statements in the report as factual record. We did not go underneath it to see whether or not they were accurate. We accepted it as accurate."

"So you accepted the report as the evidence?" Harris said. "You did not question or look at the underlying evidence that supports the conclusions in the report?"

Barr said he had not, and neither had his deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, or anyone else in his office.

The attorney general then insisted it was not unusual for a person in his position not to review the underlying evidence.

"I think you’ve made it clear, sir that you have not looked at the evidence and we can move on," Harris said.

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