Ken Starr said Democratic lawmakers may be overplaying their hand with their criticism of Attorney General William Barr.

Barr boycotted a scheduled House Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday morning after Democrats on the committee said they would have legal staffers ask him questions about the Mueller report.

Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) vowed there would be a "reckoning" and threatened to hold Barr in contempt of Congress.

On "Fox & Friends" Friday, Starr, a former independent counsel whose investigation into Whitewater led to then-President Bill Clinton’s impeachment hearings, said Barr made it clear that he would answer questions from members of Congress but not their "hired guns."

"We just have a standoff here," Starr said. "He's within his rights, the committee has rights, as well, so it becomes a matter of a Washington power play."

Starr noted that some Democratic lawmakers -- including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- have called Barr a "liar," so he understands why the attorney general is "on guard."

"Be cautious and say, 'Look, we'll go by the traditional rules here,'" Starr advised.

Watch the "Fox & Friends" segment above.

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