President Donald Trump offered praise to Attorney General William Barr after he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, but in the process, the president took a swipe at several 2020 Democratic candidates for their “ranting and raving” during the hearing.
During a phone interview with Fox Business’ Trish Regan late Wednesday, the president said he believes Barr did a “fantastic job” during the hearing, before adding that the collusion claims are “all a big hoax.”
“The whole thing, it is just a terrible blot on our country and what it represents,” Trump said. “But there was never obstruction, there was never collusion.”
“Well she was probably very nasty,” Trump said about Harris. He continued about the three candidates:
“How about these three people, three of them were running for — three of them, they’re not doing very well — but three of them are running for a particular office. I think that maybe you’re talking to the person right now, they’re running — see you have three of them running against me, and they were up there ranting and raving like lunatics, frankly.”
He added that Barr is taking “abuse from people that are running for office,” and claimed 2020 Democrats are only continuing to grill the attorney general “for political points.”
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When asked during the Fox Business interview about congressional Democrats’ desire for Barr to resign, Trump called it “so ridiculous,” adding that “he’s an outstanding man.”
“What I just saw from the Attorney General is unacceptable,” Harris tweeted on Wednesday. “Barr must resign now.”
Following Wednesday’s hearing, Barr declined to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday due to a fight over the format of questioning, however, congressional Democrats are most likely looking to subpoena the attorney general if he doesn’t appear.