House Dem attempts to goad Barr, brings chicken props to mock no-show and starts chowing down

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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.

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The Tennessee Democrat brought a ceramic chicken to the chamber and a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken, which he proceeded to eat at the early morning hearing, in an effort to spin Barr’s no-show Thursday as an indication that he is afraid to testify before the House Committee.

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.”

Thursday’s smug performance by Cohen earned plenty of snickering applause from Democrats intent on taking down the attorney general.

Rep. Matt Gaetz slammed Democrats who accuse Barr of being “terrified” yet cut off the Florida Republican’s microphone on Thursday.

Congressional Democrats have contended that Barr intentionally attempted to present Mueller’s findings in a way that was favorable to President Trump. And the controversy was further stoked by reports that Mueller was allegedly frustrated and contacted the attorney general about the summary of the report he issued just ahead of the report’s release.

Fox News Channel’s Brit Hume slammed the pointless premise of the witch hunt by Democrats.

He also condemned the “windy personal attack” on Barr by Sen. Mazie Hirono, blasting the “disreputable practice” in a tweet on Wednesday.

Sen. Lindsey Graham ripped into the Hawaii Democrat after she attacked Barr, at one point telling him he should just resign.

“You have slandered this man from top to bottom,” Graham told Hirono.

House Judiciary Committee ranking member Doug Collins vented in a fiery statement, asking what Democrats “are scared of” during Thursday morning’s hearing.

The Georgia Republican told reporters that it’s not Barr who is afraid, but Democrats who “may have something to be worried about.”

“They hate this President and they want to keep the circus going and make the American people believe they’re doing impeachment,” Collins said.

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