Schiff goes after Barr: He lacks Giuliani's 'good looks and general likability'

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGOP chairmen hit back at accusation they are spreading disinformation with Biden probe Schiff, Khanna call for free masks for all Americans in coronavirus aid package House Intelligence panel opens probe into DHS's involvement in response to protests MORE (D-Calif.) jabbed at Attorney General William BarrBill BarrKamala Harris: The right choice at the right time Hillicon Valley: Facebook removed over 22 million posts for hate speech in second quarter | Republicans introduce bill to defend universities against hackers targeting COVID-19 research | Facebook's Sandberg backs Harris as VP pick Three pros and three cons to Biden picking Harris MORE on Wednesday, saying he has "all the duplicity" of Trump lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiFeehery: Weak mayors destroy America's great cities Coronavirus concerns emerge around debates Giuliani says Black Lives Matter is 'domestic terrorist' group MORE "without all the good looks and general likability."

Schiff made the comments during an appearance at a Center for American Progress event, arguing that Barr doesn't deserve to be called attorney general and labeling him a "personal attorney" for President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district MORE.

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"I think Bill Barr has all the duplicity of Rudy Giuliani without all the good looks and general likability of Rudy Giuliani," Schiff said on stage to laughs from the liberal audience.

"The most dangerous thing, I think, that Bill Barr has done is basically say that a president under investigation can make the investigation go away if he thinks it's unfair — which, by the way, means the other 14 investigations farmed out to other offices he can also make go away." 

Earlier Wednesday, the House Intelligence panel halted a vote on whether to hold Barr in contempt of Congress after he refused to testify before the committee last week. Schiff said in a statement that the Justice Department was beginning to comply with the committee's subpoena.

"The Department of Justice has accepted our offer of a first step towards compliance with our subpoena, and this week will begin turning over to the Committee twelve categories of counterintelligence and foreign intelligence materials as part of an initial rolling production,” he said. “That initial production should be completed by the end of next week."

The White House has been locked in battles with various House chairmen including Schiff, with the Trump administration repeatedly resisting Democratic demands for documents and testimony related to several investigations.

Trump on Wednesday abruptly ended a meeting with Democrats at the White House and urged them to end "phony investigations" into his administration before talks can resume on issues such as infrastructure.

The president later took to Twitter to accuse Schiff and other Democratic figures of "playing ... games," arguing, "You can't investigate and legislate simultaneously - it just doesn't work that way."