Attorney General William Barr is "just flat-out lying" to the American people with his claims that China is interfering with the November presidential election more than Russia, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Sunday.
"That's just a plain, false statement by the attorney general. A flat-out false statement," the California Democrat said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "You can tell that Bill Barr is just flat-out lying to the American people, and it's tragic but it's as simple as that."
Schiff added that there have been other administrations who were "trying to mislead the public by saying that China is the bigger threat to the country, speaking in global terms because of the rising power of China."
However, those people are "at least careful in misleading the public" by not saying China is a greater threat to the election, but what Barr did was "flat-out mislead the American people with a blatantly false statement."
Barr made his comments in an interview last week with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, and Schiff said Sunday that it is a "disservice" to the United States that its attorney general can't be trusted, but "apparently Bill Barr is willing to do anything or say anything to help [President] Donald Trump."
Last week, the Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin warning that Russia is trying to sow doubts about the 2020 election by pushing claims that mail-in voting results in widespread fraud. Trump has also voiced his opposition to mail-in voting.
The bulletin came out one day after Barr's interview with Blitzer, but last month, the United States' intelligence community's top election security official said Russia is trying to denigrate Democrat nominee Joe Biden's presidential bid.
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