Trump accuses Harris of being 'very nasty' to Barr, looking for 'political points'

President TrumpDonald TrumpPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Has Trump beaten the system? MORE on Wednesday accused Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisJD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Ron Johnson: 'I may not be the best candidate' for 2022 midterms MORE (D-Calif.) of being "probably very nasty" to Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump: Washington/Lincoln ticket would have had hard time beating me before pandemic Trump says Barr 'never' told him he thought he'd lose election Speeches aren't enough: Biden must ditch bipartisanship, endorse ending filibuster MORE during his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Trump told Fox Business's Trish Regan that Harris and other lawmakers who are running for president were hard on Barr during the hearing for "political points."

"She was probably very nasty," he said of Harris, who grilled Barr on a number of points related to Barr's handling of 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 report on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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While being questioned by Harris, Barr said that he did not look at the underlying evidence in Mueller's report before deciding not to pursue an obstruction of justice charge against Trump.

This is the second time in less than a week that Trump has referred to Harris as "nasty." Speaking to Fox News's Sean Hannity last week, Trump said the California Democrat has "a little bit of a nasty wit, but that might be it."

Harris, responding to the comment on Thursday morning, said "God only knows" why Trump uses that word.

"We have a president of the United States whose primary interest ... has been to obstruct justice," she told CNN. "My primary interest is to pursue justice. You can call that anything you want, but I think that's what the American people want in a leader."

In his comments Wednesday evening, the president also slammed the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee who are running against him for president, saying they were "ranting and raving like lunatics" at the hearing.

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"You have Bill Barr, highly respected, great attorney general, and he's got to take the abuse from people that are running for office," he said while appearing on Fox Business. "They don't care about this. They're just looking for political points."

He also slammed calls for Barr's resignation as "so ridiculous."

Barr on Wednesday testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the day after committee Democrats released a letter Mueller wrote to Barr criticizing Barr's characterization of the report.

Mueller's letter, dated March 27, said Barr's summary of the report from three days prior created "public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation." 

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Weeks after Barr sent his summary of the findings to Congress, the Justice Department released a redacted version of Mueller's report. 

Three Democrats who are running for president in 2020 — Harris, Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerJD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Democrats criticize FBI's handling of tip line in Kavanaugh investigation MORE (D-N.J.) and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks Competition laws could be a death knell for startup mergers and acquisitions Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises MORE (D-Minn.) — sit on the Judiciary Committee. Booker and Harris were among a group of 2020 candidates who on Tuesday and Wednesday called for Barr to resign.

Updated May 2 at 10 a.m.