House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Attorney General William Barr “a blob” and accused him Tuesday of being “a henchman” for President Donald Trump.
Pelosi spoke briefly with “The Beat” host Ari Melber on MSNBC, reflecting on Barr’s testimony during his hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.
Pelosi began by claiming that Barr’s hearing had only served as proof that the attorney general had “contempt for our democracy.”
“I just thought he was despicable and so beneath the dignity of an attorney general,” Pelosi said, noting that her own work had kept her from watching the hearing in its entirety. “I did tune in to hear certain questions that I had an interest in his answers, and they all related to upholding the Constitution of the United States. He fell very short in that regard. He is there to support the president, Donald Trump, no matter what.”
“He’s not the president’s lawyer,” she continued. “That was Michael Cohen, and you know what happened to him. And he is a lawyer — he is the Attorney General of the United States of America. Too bad he doesn’t care or realize that.”
Melber went on to bring up Pelosi’s characterization of federal law enforcement officers as “storm troopers,” a comment that has sparked criticism from Customs and Border Protection Chief Mark Morgan, noting that Barr had said such labels would put law enforcement officers in danger.
Pelosi argued that it was no different than when former Republican New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani had used the same terminology to refer to the FBI agents who raided former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.
“I said they acted like storm troopers, and they did,” Pelosi continued, turning the focus back on Barr. “He should be answering for what he did at Lafayette Square, a disgrace. So this — it’s really — he was like a blob. He was like just a henchman for the president of the United States instead of the attorney general of the United States of America.”