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Diamond and Silk dig Rep. Cohen for ‘racially insensitive’ chicken stunt
Fox Nation personalities chastise Democratic congressman for bringing KFC to hearing to mock Barr

Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., brought KFC and a ceramic chicken Thursday to troll Attorney General William Barr for refusing to show up for a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Robert Mueller report. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-Pa., appears at left. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Conservative YouTube pundits and Fox Nation personalities Diamond and Silk  used airtime Friday to label Rep. Steve Cohen “racially insensitive” for bringing an assortment of chicken-themed props to a House Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday to tease Attorney General William Barr for not showing up.

Cohen, a Tennessee Democrat, chowed down on a Kentucky Fried Chicken original recipe chicken thigh at his spot on the committee-room members’ dais before giving a news conference where he ridiculed the attorney general as “Chicken Barr” for skipping the hearing over a format dispute.

Huckabee Sanders: Nadler has no choice but to be ‘conciliatory’ to Barr amid feud
Trump spoke to Russia’s Putin on Friday, but did not warn him on election meddling, spokeswoman says

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., left, and Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., at a hearing on Thursday for which Attorney General William Barr did not appear. The KFC bucket and ceramic chicken were meant to portray Barr as afraid to testify. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler has little option but to try a more “conciliatory” approach in dealing with the Trump administration after failing to compel Attorney General William P. Barr’s testimony about the special counsel’s report, a White House official said Friday.

“I think that that’s probably the only step that Nadler has, is to be conciliatory,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters outside the West Wing. “I think we saw how ridiculous and silly … his delegation looked yesterday.”

Photos of the Week: Congress is back from recess, and we’ve got photos to prove it
The week of May 3 as captured by Roll Call’s photographers

A poster of President Donald Trump and the wax figure of singer Whitney Houston are on display as a window washer cleans the windows at Madame Tussauds wax museum in Washington on Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Congress is back from recess, and we have the photos to prove it.

KFC, the Grim Reaper and an epically long bill reading: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of April 29, 2019

An aide adjusts the name plate for Attorney General William Barr before a House Judiciary Committee hearing. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

‘Chicken Barr’: Steve Cohen brings fried chicken to Barr’s no-show committee hearing

Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., brought a ceramic chicken to a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Rayburn Building in an effort to illustrate that Attorney General William Barr was scared to testify. Barr did not show up for the hearing citing displeasure with the format. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Barr’s empty chair foreshadows the constitutional struggle ahead
Barr skipped the House hearing Thursday because he objected to the format of the hearing allowing committee staff to ask questions

An aide adjusts the name plate for Attorney General William Barr before a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Rayburn Building on Russian Interference in the 2016 election and the Robert Mueller report on Thursday, May 2, 2019. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The House Judiciary Committee went forward with a hearing on the special counsel report Thursday without scheduled witness Attorney General William Barr, his empty seat at the witness table a sign of a broader separation of powers battle ahead.

“Ladies and gentlemen, the challenge we face is that the president of the United States wants desperately to prevent Congress — a coequal branch of government — from providing any check whatsoever to even his most reckless decisions,” Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said in an opening statement.

House will have to vote on impeaching Trump, regardless of Pelosi’s opposition
Texas Rep. Al Green says he’ll force a vote on impeachment, as he did twice when Democrats were in minority

Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, plans to force the House to vote on impeaching President Donald Trump over Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s objections. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s opposition to impeaching President Donald Trump won’t stop a House vote on the issue, as Texas Democratic Rep. Al Green intends to force one again like he twice did when Republicans held the majority.

“I’m going to bring it the floor of the House again,” Green said Tuesday morning on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.” He declined to say when he plans to take action, saying, “The acid test is one that does not carry with it a specific date.”

Whitaker hearing is first big test of Trump’s ‘executive privilege’ strategy
Acting attorney general will be first White House official to be questioned by new Congress

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is expected to get a number of questions from the House Judiciary Committee about any conversations he had with White House officials, including the president, about his role overseeing the special counsel investigation. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s testimony at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Friday will offer a first glimpse into how the Trump administration plans to comply with — or stall — House Democrats’ oversight inquiries.

The hearing, slated for 9:30 a.m., will put to the test the White House counsel’s strategy for invoking executive privilege on certain conversations between the president and his close advisers.

Who won’t be at Trump’s State of the Union address
At least 4 are standing the president up, others will wear white to promote a ‘pro-woman’ agenda

Georgia Democratic Rep. John Lewis is one of at least four Democratic lawmakers to skip President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address tonight. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

At least four Democrats have openly announced they’re playing hooky for President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address tonight.

Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Hank Johnson, Steve Cohen, and John Lewis will not attend the address, Trump’s third speech to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol.

House Judiciary Democrat Promises ‘In Essence’ Impeachment Hearings
Steve Cohen introduced articles of impeachment in November 2017

Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., serves on the House Judiciary Committee, where Congress oversees impeachment proceedings, and first introduced articles of impeachment last year. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A leading Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee referred to the business empire of President Donald Trump as a “criminal enterprise” on Sunday and promised to investigate allegations that he has used his White House office to enrich himself.

The Trump Organization is “a criminal enterprise that he and his family has been engaged in, to run for president and once they got the presidency they monetized it,” Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen said in an interview with MSNBC.