North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said Sunday that he needs more time to respond to a Justice Department determination that a state law is in violation of the Civil Rights Act.

The federal agency said in a letter last week to McCrory that a provision of House Bill 2 which limits the bathroom choices of transgender people in government buildings, including schools, violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and gave state officials until Monday to confirm that they “will not comply with or implement HB2.”

(Related: Justice Department says North Carolina's anti-gay law violates Civil Rights Act.)

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, McCrory said that the Justice Department denied his request for an extension of Monday's deadline unless he is wiling to admit that the bill is discriminatory.

“I'm not going to publicly announce that something discriminates,” McCrory told host Chris Wallace.

The Republican governor called the deadline unrealistic, adding that the federal government was “being a bully.”

Wallace asked McCrory whether the law is a solution in search of a problem.

“How many cases have you had in North Carolina in the last year where people have been convicted of using transgender protections to commit crimes in bathrooms?” Wallace asked.

“This wasn't a problem. That's the point I'm making. This is the Democratic Party and the left wing of the Democratic Party,” McCrory answered.

“Have there been any cases of this?” Wallace repeated.

“Not that I'm aware of,” McCrory admitted.

“Why not then just let it go, if there's not a case of transgender people going in and molesting little girls?”

McCrory said there was an expectation of privacy.