Moments ago, Democrat Rep. Steve Cohen brought a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken onto the House floor, as a stunt hoping to portray AG William Barr as scared to testify in front of the house, just a day after he testified before the Senate on the Muller report.
Newsweek reported that Cohen called out Attorney General William Barr for being too chicken—literally—to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday about Robert Mueller’s Russia report.
“He’s here,” Cohen reportedly joked to his colleagues as he walked into the room with a bucket of KFC and a small statue of a chicken. Pictures shared on social media show that Cohen placed the figurine on the empty table where Barr would have sat to testify before lawmakers.
On Monday, before Barr officially backed out of the hearing, Cohen told CNN that if the “attorney general is chicken to face the House Judiciary Committee, he’s not worthy of being a United States attorney general.”
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— Newsweek (@Newsweek) May 2, 2019
.@RepCohen brought a plastic chicken and a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken (which he is tucking into ahead of this 9AM House Judiciary hearing.)
“He’s here,” Cohen said, pointing to the chicken and referring to AG Barr who is not attending after a grilling in the Senate. pic.twitter.com/bGz3HCRSCQ
— Lauren Gambino (@laurenegambino) May 2, 2019
Cohen declared “Chicken Barr” should have shown up to testify.
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Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen, who brought a ceramic chicken and ate from a bucket of KFC during the House Judiciary hearing, says “‘Chicken Barr’ should have shown up today and answered questions” https://t.co/PVMpCmTID2 pic.twitter.com/7sOgTV2yBz
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) May 2, 2019
Congressional Democrats displayed their petty immaturity in an attempt to mock Attorney General William Barr.
Rep. Steve Cohen kicked off Thursday morning’s House Judiciary Committee hearing with a set of props aimed at ridiculing the nation’s top law enforcement officer who opted out of an appearance over a dispute on the questioning process.
Chairman Jerry Nadler accused Barr of being “terrified” when he spoke with reporters late Wednesday after the attorney general had indicated he would not appear before the House Judiciary Committee.
“He is terrified of having to face a skilled attorney,” the New York Democrat said, ignoring the fact that Barr spent hours facing questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday over his handling of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
Barr refused to appear on Thursday after Nadler indicated that Judiciary Committee staff, not members of Congress, would conduct the inquiry.
“He is certainly testifying to the Senate so it’s not like he is afraid to answer questions under oath,” Counselor to President Trump, Kellyanne Conway, told Fox News Tuesday, slamming Democrats for their “disrespect” and “harassment” of the attorney general.
“‘Chicken Barr’ should have shown up today and answered questions,” Cohen told reporters, claiming Barr was afraid and calling him “Donald Trump’s fixer.”