McConnell: Dems have 'Trump derangement syndrome' amid Barr fight
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell: 'It never occurred to me' convincing Americans to get vaccinated would be difficult The 17 Republicans who voted to advance the Senate infrastructure bill Senate votes to take up infrastructure deal MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday lashed out at Democrats for criticizing Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote Native Americans are targets of voter suppression too MORE, saying they are suffering from "Trump derangement syndrome."

Reacting to House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTim Ryan slams McCarthy for mocking Capitol physician, mask mandate McCarthy knocks Pelosi, mask mandate: 'This House has broken the country's trust' Senate votes to take up infrastructure deal MORE's (D-Calif.) comment that Barr "lied to Congress," McConnell told Fox News's "The Story" that it's an "outrageous assertion."


"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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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 SchumerChuck SchumerBiden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Schumer's moment to transform transit and deepen democracy Pelosi, Schumer vow climate action: 'It is an imperative' 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.