Chris Wallace: Barr hearing 'an embarrassment' for Democrats: 'Just wanted to excoriate him'

Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceAbbott promises to hire Border Patrol agents punished by Biden administration DHS secretary says Haitian migrant crisis is 'nothing new' Yarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed MORE called a recent Capitol Hill hearing with Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump pushes back on book claims, says he spent 'virtually no time' discussing election with Lee, Graham Woodward: Milley was 'setting in motion sensible precautions' with calls to China Barr-Durham investigation again fails to produce a main event MORE "an embarrassment," with the "Fox News Sunday" adding that Democrats "just wanted to excoriate him" during a network podcast interview on Friday.

"I thought the Barr hearing, which I took somewhat more seriously, was an embarrassment," Wallace told the "Fox News Rundown" podcast. "I'm not saying I agree with, but I understand the reasons why Democrats really don't like him and feel that Barr has become the political henchman."

"They just wanted to excoriate him," Wallace added.


The hearings included several fiery exchanges, including House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerBiden to raise refugee cap to 125,000 in October Ocasio-Cortez, Bush push to add expanded unemployment in .5T spending plan Angelina Jolie spotted in Capitol meeting with senators MORE (D-N.Y.), who was involved in a minor car accident that delayed the beginning of the hearing, denying Barr a break for lunch.

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

“No,” Nadler replied.

“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 noted.

“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.


"You’re a real class act," Barr injected.

Wallace also questioned why President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP MORE suggested the November presidential election be delayed due to his concerns over mail-in voting.

"Joe BidenJoe BidenPelosi sets Thursday vote on bipartisan infrastructure bill Pressure grows to cut diplomatic red tape for Afghans left behind President Biden is making the world a more dangerous place MORE in April said, 'I bet you that President Trump is going to try to find a way to delay the election,'" Wallace recalled, referring to the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.

"And the president came back that same month and said, 'No, I haven't even thought about. Tell Joe he can rest easy,'" Wallace said. "I promise you, those clips will be played. I just don't understand why the president would want to stoke this brush fire."

The Trump campaign had previously described Biden’s speculation about Trump wanting to delay the election as “incoherent conspiracy theory ramblings of a lost candidate who is out of touch with reality.”


The president said Thursday he only broached the idea to get the "LameStream Media" to talk about what he described as "dangerous Universal Mail-In-Voting."

"Glad I was able to get the very dishonest LameStream Media to finally start talking about the RISKS to our Democracy from dangerous Universal Mail-In-Voting (not Absentee Voting, which I totally support!)," Trump tweeted to his more than 85 million followers.

Several top Republicans dismissed the idea of delaying the election on Thursday, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble Fifth House Republican comes out in support of bipartisan infrastructure bill Watch live: McCarthy holds briefing with reporters MORE (Calif.) and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioThe Memo: Biden's immigration problems reach crescendo in Del Rio Democrats face bleak outlook in Florida The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems attempt to tie government funding, Ida relief to debt limit MORE (Fla.).

"Never in the history of federal elections have we ever not held an election, and we should go forward with our election," McCarthy said Thursday.