Barr tells Nadler he's 'a real class act' for refusing to take a break during hearing

Attorney General William BarrBill BarrMichigan resident puts toilet on front lawn with sign 'Place mail in ballots here' Barr says Ginsburg 'leaves a towering legacy' Republicans call for DOJ to prosecute Netflix executives for releasing 'Cuties' MORE told House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerSchumer: 'Nothing is off the table' if GOP moves forward with Ginsburg replacement Top Democrats call for DOJ watchdog to probe Barr over possible 2020 election influence House passes bill to protect pregnant workers MORE (D-N.Y.) he was a “real class act” after Nadler hesitated to grant a five minute break at Barr’s request near the end of a Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday. 

“Mr. Chairman, could we take a five minute break?” Barr asked Nadler. 

“No,” Nadler responded. 


“I waited 45 [minutes], an hour for you this morning, I haven’t had lunch. I’d like to take a five minute break,” Barr responded. 

The hearing was delayed Tuesday morning after Nadler was in a minor car accident on his way to the Capitol. 

“Mr. Attorney General, we are almost finished. We are going to be finished in a few minutes. We can certainly take a break but,” Nadler said, before he was interrupted by Barr who told him “you’re a real class act.” 

After the brief back-and-forth, Nadler granted the five minute break. The hearing continued for about 15 more minutes after the committee reconvened. 

Throughout the contentious hearing, Democrats pressed Barr about the Justice Department's handling of two high-profile cases involving Trump associates Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneOur Constitution is under attack by Attorney General William Barr Justice IG investigating Stone sentencing: report Romney says Trump's protest tweets 'clearly intended to further inflame racial tensions' MORE and former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The lawmakers also questioned Barr on the use of federal law enforcement in U.S. cities.