McConnell: Dems have 'Trump derangement syndrome' amid Barr fight
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' New Yorker cover titled 'The Shining' shows Graham, McConnell, Barr polishing Trump's shoes MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday lashed out at Democrats for criticizing Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan House Intelligence enjoys breakthrough with Justice Department Schiff blasts Trump's 'un-American' order to intel agencies to cooperate with Barr probe MORE, saying they are suffering from "Trump derangement syndrome."

Reacting to House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' Trump-Pelosi fight threatens drug pricing talks MORE's (D-Calif.) comment that Barr "lied to Congress," McConnell told Fox News's "The Story" that it's an "outrageous assertion."

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"To call a public servant like the attorney general a liar is completely over the top. These people are somewhat suffering from Trump derangement syndrome," McConnell said.

The House Judiciary Committee is set to vote Wednesday to hold Barr in contempt for failing to respond to a subpoena for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerGraham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' House progressive: Pelosi 'has it right' on impeachment Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller MORE’s full report and investigative files. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats are clamoring for the Justice Department inspector general to open up a probe into Barr's handling of the Mueller report. 

The interview comes as McConnell is leaning heavily into his argument that the country should "move on" from Mueller's two-year probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign. 

The GOP leader gave a speech on Tuesday morning summarizing the investigation as "case closed." He also characterized Democrats as "grieving" because of Mueller's findings and urged them to "come back to reality."

McConnell added during the Fox News interview that it was time to "put it to rest."

"Mueller spent two years on this. ... What else do we need to know? It’s time to move on," McConnell said.

Democrats have blasted McConnell over his rhetoric. Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNo agreement on budget caps in sight ahead of Memorial Day recess Ex-White House photographer roasts Trump: 'This is what a cover up looked like' under Obama Pelosi: Trump 'is engaged in a cover-up' MORE (D-N.Y.), speaking to reporters during a weekly press conference, called the GOP leader's speech a "disgrace."

"He should be ashamed of himself with that speech," Schumer added.