Pelosi: Barr is 'off the rails'

LEESBURG, Va. — Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Will Trump's racist tweets backfire? Al Green: 'We have the opportunity to punish' Trump with impeachment vote MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday said Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrImmigration advocacy groups sue Trump administration over asylum restrictions Webb: Questions for Robert Mueller Groups sue Trump admin over new asylum restrictions 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 John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist 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 ShaheenEpstein charges show Congress must act to protect children from abuse House Dems, Senate GOP build money edge to protect majorities Crucial for Congress to fund life-saving diabetes research 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) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump 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.”