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

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffThe Hill's Morning Report - Is US weighing military action against Iran? The Hill's Morning Report - Is US weighing military action against Iran? Schiff: Intelligence agencies focused on Russian interference 'even if the president isn't' MORE (D-Calif.) on Tuesday called Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrForeign interference is a threat to the 2020 elections — presidential interference is, too Foreign interference is a threat to the 2020 elections — presidential interference is, too America's crisis of compassion is a Constitutional crisis, too 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 TrumpTrump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump tweets ICE will begin removing 'millions' of undocumented migrants MORE's lawyer, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiPelosi hasn't returned calls to Facebook's Zuckerberg after edited video controversy: report Pelosi hasn't returned calls to Facebook's Zuckerberg after edited video controversy: report Giuliani evokes Joseph McCarthy in criticism of Pelosi 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.