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Chuck Todd rips Barr on spying remarks: 'The attorney general gaslit the country'

MSNBC host Chuck Todd scolded William Barr on Wednesday after the attorney general testified on Capitol Hill that he believes President TrumpDonald John TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump 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."

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“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 ShaheenTop Democrat calls Trump's Afghan drawdown 'the right policy decision' as others warn of 'mistake' Overnight Defense: How members of the Armed Services committees fared in Tuesday's elections | Military ballots among those uncounted in too-close-to-call presidential race | Ninth US service member killed by COVID-19 Biden wins New Hampshire MORE (D-N.H.). “But the question is whether it was adequately predicated.”

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Moderna to apply for emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine candidate | Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge | US more than doubles highest number of monthly COVID-19 cases House Democrats urge congressional leaders to support .1B budget for IRS Bipartisan Senate group holding coronavirus relief talks amid stalemate 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 GrahamGraham: Trump should attend Biden inauguration 'if' Biden wins Biden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Georgia governor rejects Trump's call to 'overrule' elections officials with emergency powers MORE (R-S.C.).