Dem lawmaker says KFC chicken he ate at hearing to mock Barr 'wasn't wonderful'
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Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenTennessee Rep. Steve Cohen wins Democratic primary Democrats exit briefing saying they fear elections under foreign threat Texas Democrat proposes legislation requiring masks in federal facilities MORE (D-Tenn.) told MSNBC on Sunday that the Kentucky Fried Chicken he brought to a House Judiciary Committee hearing last week “wasn’t wonderful.”

Cohen ate the chicken at the Thursday committee hearing and also presented a chicken statuette, saying the props were intended to call out Attorney General William BarrBill BarrEx-FBI lawyer Clinesmith to plead guilty in Durham probe Barr says some results on probe into Russia investigation could be released before election Hillicon Valley: 'Fortnite' owner sues Apple after game is removed from App Store | Federal agencies seize, dismantle cryptocurrency campaigns of major terrorist organizations MORE’s refusal to testify before the committee under the Democratic-controlled House’s terms.


“It was humor, the New York Times referred to it as levity [and] that’s what I intended,” Cohen told MSNBC. He also clarified, contrary to a quip by “Saturday Night Live”’s Colin Jost that he had sent an intern “out at dawn” to order the chicken, that it had been procured the night before.

Cohen noted that comedian Sarah Silverman, who he said has become “my advisor on the Twitter” had told him that bringing a bucket of chicken as well as the statuette was “a hat on a hat,” or repeating the same joke twice.

Cohen added that while, given the choice, he “would have gone with the Four-Way grill from Memphis or Gus’ from Memphis, people know more about ‘Chicken Barr’ than they ever did before,” using the nickname he applied to Barr during the hearing. Barr, Cohen said, has “shown himself to be Trump’s lawyer like John Mitchell was Nixon’s lawyer.”