MSNBC host Chuck Todd scolded William Barr on Wednesday after the attorney general testified on Capitol Hill that he believes President TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election MORE's campaign was spied on in 2016, saying he "gaslit the country."
"The country’s chief law enforcement officer went in front of Congress and gave credence to a factless conspiracy theory," Todd said on "Meet the Press Daily."
“Using the word 'spying' plays into the president’s language that the Russia investigation to him is just a witch hunt. Every time they’ve brought up this allegation, there has been zero factual basis for it," he continued. "Every effort to perpetuate the spying conspiracy theory has been debunked.”
“It doesn’t matter what the truth is, does it?" Todd later asked. "I mean, I hate to say this now, but that’s the whole point. It feels like that basically the attorney general gaslit the country.”
Barr, who also served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, told a Senate committee on Wednesday that he thought the FBI was spying on the Trump campaign, drawing a harsh reaction from Democrats.
“I think spying did occur,” Barr told Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenSenate lawmakers let frustration show with Blinken We have a plan that prioritizes Afghanistan's women — we're just not using it Scott Brown's wife files to run for Congress MORE (D-N.H.). “But the question is whether it was adequately predicated.”
Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Manchin: Biden told moderates to pitch price tag for reconciliation bill On The Money — Democrats rush to finish off infrastructure MORE (D-Calif.) later accused Barr of serving the president instead of the country, adding that the attorney general had "gone off the rails."
"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 a Democratic retreat in Leesburg, Va.
Barr also told lawmakers he is wary regarding why the Trump campaign was not notified about the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation.
“That is one of the questions I have, that I feel normally the campaign would have been advised of this,” Barr told Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden meets with lawmakers amid domestic agenda panic The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - House Democrats plagued by Biden agenda troubles Graham tries to help Trump and McConnell bury the hatchet MORE (R-S.C.).