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

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDemocrats see John Bolton as potential star witness Top State Department official arrives for testimony in impeachment probe The Hill's Morning Report - Trump grapples with Turkey controversy MORE (D-Calif.) on Tuesday called Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrGiuliani says he won't comply with subpoenas from Democrats Barr bemoans 'moral upheaval' that has brought 'suffering and misery' Trump threatens to sue Schiff and Pelosi 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 TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? MORE's lawyer, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani urged Trump to eject exiled Turkish cleric from US: report State Dept. official told to 'lay low' after voicing concerns about Giuliani: Dem lawmaker White House, Pentagon, Giuliani reject House subpoenas 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.