Pelosi: Barr is 'off the rails'

LEESBURG, Va. — Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiNew Alzheimer's drug sparks backlash over FDA, pricing Sunday shows preview: Biden foreign policy in focus as Dem tensions boil up back home It's not just Manchin: No electoral mandate stalls Democrats' leftist agenda MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday said Attorney General William BarrBill BarrEx-DOJ official Rosenstein says he was not aware of subpoena targeting Democrats: report Garland sparks anger with willingness to side with Trump Trump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says MORE has gone “off the rails” after he testified before a pair of House and Senate committees this week.

“Let me just say how very dismaying and disappointing that the chief law enforcement officer of our country is going off the rails yesterday and today,” Pelosi told reporters as she kicked off House Democrats' annual “issues” retreat at a golf resort 35 miles northwest of Washington.

Barr “is the attorney general of the United States of America, not the attorney general of Donald TrumpDonald TrumpEx-DOJ official Rosenstein says he was not aware of subpoena targeting Democrats: report Ex-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' MORE,” she added.


A day earlier, the attorney general testified before a House Appropriations subcommittee that he has opened an investigation into how the FBI initially decided to launch a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

On Wednesday, Barr went further, telling a Senate committee that he thought that the FBI was “spying” on the Trump campaign, comments that infuriated Democrats in the Capitol.

“I think spying did occur,” Barr told Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenProgressives want to tighten screws beyond Manchin and Sinema Overnight Defense: Pentagon details military construction projects getting .2B restored from wall funds | Biden chooses former commander to lead Navy | Bill seeks to boost visa program for Afghans who helped US Senate bill would add visas, remove hurdles to program for Afghans who helped US MORE (D-N.H.) during the hearing. “But the question is whether it was adequately predicated.”

Barr told House and Senate lawmakers that he expects the Justice Department to send them a redacted version 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 into Russian interference within a week. Pelosi and other Democrats have called on Barr to release the full, unredacted report.

“We want to see the Mueller report. There was an assault on the integrity of our election in our country, the basis for our democracy. There is no doubt about that. … It took place by Russia,” said Pelosi, who by virtue of her position is one of the top eight intelligence officials on Capitol Hill.

“You would think that every resource in our country would say we want to make sure this never happens again instead of engaging in this silliness. But, no, it isn’t silly; it’s too serious to be silly — this obstruction of getting the truth to the American people,” she added.

Asked if she has confidence that Barr will fairly conduct his investigation into how the FBI carried out their Russia probe, Pelosi offered a terse, one-word answer: “No.”