Representative Madeleine Dean argued that officials should be expected to "avoid even the appearance of impropriety."
One of President Trump's staunchest critics, George Conway, dismissed the controversy over Attorney General Bill Barr's party as a "silly story."
"We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation," the attorney general said of where accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was jailed.
"This is what we see in mob cases. It makes no sense," the Morning Joe host said.
The short answer is: not a whole lot — at least in the near future.
"Is there anything to defend with this guy? He beclowned himself again yesterday," Scarborough said on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe.'
"The line being drawn here makes no sense. This is very concerning," former federal prosecutor Mimi Rocah said.
"I am recused from that matter because one of the law firms that represented Epstein long ago was a firm I subsequently joined for a period of time," Barr told reporters on Monday.
The nation's top law enforcement official on Monday suggested that the former special counsel did not need to comply with a congressional subpoena.
"I love bagpipes to tell you the truth," Dobbs said. "And I love an attorney general who can do this."
Legal experts have suggested Barr's response has new significance in light of President Donald Trump saying he would take opposition research from a foreign government.
"It is almost unheard of for the Justice Department to release raw evidence to another entity so that the Justice Department can be second guessed," Andrew Napolitano said.
The Judiciary Committee says it's reached a long sought-after deal with the Justice Department to begin receiving underlying evidence from the Mueller report.
William Barr "thinks that he's a hero for helping to destroy the credibility of the DOJ," one user tweeted.
"I had the thought that my arrival this time felt a little bit, I think, like jumping into Sainte-Mère-Église," he said.
The nation's top law enforcement official and his DOJ legal team determined the president did not violate the law, going a step further in an interview to say that much of Mueller's legal analysis "did not reflect the views of the department."
"These facts that he laid out are so substantially similar to the matured allegations against Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon, it's clear where he was going," Andrew Napolitano explained.
"It was not anywhere as clear cut as Attorney General Bill Barr [characterized the report]," the political anchor said. "In fact, it was almost exactly the opposite, not clear cut."
"Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented key aspects of Mueller's report and decisions in the investigation, which has helped further the president's false narrative," Representative Justin Amash wrote on Twitter.
"Some say this proves that the Trump administration is lawless. Not surprisingly, I disagree," Attorney General William Barr said while addressing the American Law Institute.
On Saturday, Amash became the first Republican member of Congress to publicly argue that Trump engaged in impeachable conduct while in the Oval Office.
Barr said the American public should know what the government was doing before the 2016 election.
The "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" star kept talking through the interview, despite his phone ringing in the background.
The veteran journalist said the situation challenged "whether our institutions are able to function in this country to deal with a president of the United States who is unique in our history, who has nothing but contempt for Democratic traditions and the rule of law."
"[Trump] doesn't seem to understand that a fundamental aspect of his job is to try to make us a more perfect union," the congressman said.
"And Republicans are cutting the power," S.E. Cupp alleged.
"It was misleading, disingenuous and deceptive," former judge Andrew Napolitano wrote about William Barr's summary.
"He will come at some point. If necessary, we'll subpoena him, and he will come," said the House Judiciary chairman.
"He certainly had read the newspaper reports of the complaints and he had a letter from Mueller himself complaining," Andrew Napolitano, a former judge, said.
"We are now in a constitutional crisis," said House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler.