After sitting through hours of rudeness and disrespect from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and his colleagues, Bill Barr returned the favor, at least in small measure.
Near the end of a five-hour hearing on Tuesday, the attorney general called Nadler a “real class act” to his face after the Democrat denied him an opportunity to take a brief break in the proceedings, as The Hill reported.
Barr mocks Nadler
Nadler set the tone for Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing, Barr’s first before the panel, in a vicious opening statement accusing the attorney general of “aiding and abetting” President Donald Trump in a variety of supposedly corrupt schemes.
While a number of topics were discussed over the course of the day, a theme was quickly apparent: Democrats were free to make charges against Barr, only to deny him the chance to respond by repeating the phrase, “reclaiming my time.”
Towards the end of the ordeal, a visibly frustrated Barr let Nadler know just how he felt after the committee chairman, who arrived to the hearing late after getting into a car accident that morning, shot down a simple request for a time out, saying “I waited 45 [minutes], an hour for you this morning, I haven’t had lunch. I’d like to take a five minute break.”
Nadler insisted that the hearing was almost over, but quickly relented. “You’re a real class act,” a laughing Barr opined, as Fox News noted.
No coffee allowed!
The petty denial from Nadler seemed to summarize the capriciousness of the whole spectacle, which seemed carefully staged to let Democrats land partisan cheap shots at the attorney general.
At other times during the day, Nadler seemed to just be getting his jollies, such as when he reprimanded Republicans for not wearing masks and said that it was against committee rules to drink coffee.
“It is not permissible [to drink coffee],” he snapped.
Nearing its end, the hearing grew increasingly chaotic as Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), the ranking member of the committee, appealed to Nadler to let Barr respond to the many charges being leveled against him — only for Nadler to dismiss those “irrelevant” concerns, as the Washington Examiner reported.
Returning for the final stretch, Barr was subjected to several more rounds of hectoring questions, and as Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA) talked down to him condescendingly, he understandably broke into a fit of incredulous laughter at the absurdity of the spectacle.
“You waited to talk to me like this? You didn’t need to wait so long,” he fired back.