Democrats mocked the GOP complaints, saying the Attorney General was “chicken,” wondering why the nation’s top law enforcement officer would be reluctant to answer questions from a staff lawyer, as well as lawmakers.
“Chicken Barr should have shown up today and answered questions,” said Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), who brought a bucket of fried chicken to the hearing, along with a plastic chicken to poke at Barr’s refusal to answer questions from staff lawyers.
“It has been done many other times,” said Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), who questioned why the Attorney General would refuse to answer questions. “What are you afraid of?”
“They are behaving like a cover up caucus for this President,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) said of his GOP colleagues.
“We’re moving on to other witnesses, because our task is to find the truth,” said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX).
“The Trump Administration is in a full blown cover up mode,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD).
Two hours later, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted Barr, bluntly accusing him of lying to the Congress about the findings of the Mueller Report.
The Justice Department wasted little time in responding, calling the Speaker's accusation a 'baseless attack,' which was 'reckless, irresponsible, and false.'