Schiff calls Barr 'the second-most dangerous man in the country'

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTop intelligence community lawyer leaving position Senate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony Democrats fear rule of law crumbling under Trump MORE (D-Calif.) on Tuesday called Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrDemocratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe Barr threatens tech's prized legal shield If Roger Stone were a narco, he'd be in the clear MORE the "second-most dangerous man in the country.”

“We find ourselves, I think for the first time, with an attorney general who really is the president’s defense lawyer and spokesperson, who’s quite good at it and has the veneer of respectability to camouflage what he’s doing,” Schiff said, referring to Barr, during remarks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. 

“He is not the sophist that Giuliani is, he’s much more dangerous, and I think he’s the second-most dangerous man in the country,” he added, referring to President TrumpDonald John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants MORE's lawyer, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiDemocratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe The Hill's review of John Solomon's columns on Ukraine Trump flexes pardon power with high-profile clemencies MORE

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Schiff, a frequent critic of Trump, did not say whom he believes is the most dangerous man in the U.S.

His comments on Tuesday echo similar statements he made in a USA Today op-ed last month when he wrote that Barr was "grossly unfit for office." 

Schiff also said Tuesday that his committee intends to hold a “series of hearings” on the first volume of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report to look at Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 election.

The House is expected to vote next week on whether to hold Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress for defying congressional subpoenas.