The president noted that three of the senators who questioned Barr are running for the presidency and accused them of “ranting and raving like lunatics, frankly.”
President Trump was asked about Barr declining to appear before a House panel to testify on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. Barr objected to the format of letting staff attorneys conduct a round of questioning.
President Trump said, “They want to treat him differently than they have anybody else,” adding, “You elect people that are supposed to be able to do their own talking.”
The Justice Department said the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is trying to place “unprecedented and unnecessary” conditions on the attorney general.
General Barr was scheduled to appear before the committee on Thursday but will not show up.
The attorney general was asked to testify before the committee about special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation.
Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec says committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler’s insistence that congressional staffers be allowed to question Barr is “inappropriate.”
Kupec says the attorney general “remains happy to engage directly” with members of the committee to answer their questions.
Nadler accused General Barr of canceling his appearance because he’s “terrified” of facing questioning from the panel.