Former Education Secretary Bill Bennett praised Attorney General William Barr for his performance during a House hearing on Tuesday.

During his testimony before the House Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, Barr pushed back on Democratic lawmakers who blasted him for what they called his "unacceptable" handling of the initial summary of Mueller's report.

In a fiery opening statement, committee chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) accused Barr of seeming to "cherry pick" from the report to "draw the most favorable conclusion possible for the president" in releasing the four-page summary last month on its findings.



Other Democrats made similar comments on Barr's decisions related to the review of Mueller’s probe, which, according to Barr, found no evidence of collusion and did not make a determination on obstruction of justice.

Barr defended his actions and reiterated that a redacted version of Mueller's report will be made available to lawmakers in the coming days.

On "America's Newsroom" Wednesday, Bennett said Barr was "very impressive" in how he handled Democrats' combative questioning.

"They've got a growling bear with a brain in Bill Barr, and he turned the tables on them," Bennett said.

He explained that Barr is not required to release Mueller's report to the public or Congress, but he is going "above and beyond" by releasing a redacted version to Congress.

"A lot of the talk yesterday was as if he's holding something back which he was legally required to do," Bennett said. "That's not true."

He also noted that Barr told lawmakers during the contentious hearing that he was reviewing the FBI's “conduct” in the genesis of the counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign.

"Couple that with Lindsey Graham's investigation of what happened in 2016 and ... this could be a very big deal," Bennett said. "They've got a real substantive guy here."

Barr is scheduled to testify Wednesday before a subpanel of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and members are expected to question the attorney general further about the Russia investigation and Mueller report.

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