'Chicken Barr should have shown up today': Democrat uses poultry props to chide US attorney general

When the US attorney general refused to appear at a hearing in US Congress, one Democrat decided it was time to act against what he saw as fowl behavior.

Reuters May 02, 2019 21:15:23 IST
'Chicken Barr should have shown up today': Democrat uses poultry props to chide US attorney general
  • Steve Cohen arrived at a hearing of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee carrying a bucket of fried chicken.

  • Cohen said the props represented the nation’s top law enforcement official.

  • Democrats accuse Barr and other administration officials of stonewalling their investigations into Trump’s taxes.

Washington: When Attorney General William Barr refused to appear at a hearing in the US Congress on Thursday, one Democrat decided it was high time to act against what he saw as fowl behavior.

Chicken Barr should have shown up today Democrat uses poultry props to chide US attorney general

Steve Cohen hands out Kentucky Fried Chicken during a House Judiciary Committee. Reuters

Democratic Representative Steve Cohen arrived at a hearing of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee carrying a bucket of fried chicken and a poultry figurine. He said the props represented the nation’s top law enforcement official, who canceled his planned testimony amid a dispute over the hearing format.

“The chicken Barr should have shown up today and answered questions,” the Tennessee lawmaker told reporters, after he handed out pieces of fried chicken to other committee members.

Democrats accuse Barr and other administration officials of stonewalling their investigations into Trump’s taxes, his businesses and other topics.

Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler said on Thursday that he may hold Barr in contempt of Congress if the attorney general does not turn over an unredacted copy of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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