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

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOfficers offer harrowing accounts at first Jan. 6 committee hearing Live coverage: House panel holds first hearing on Jan. 6 probe Five things to watch as Jan. 6 panel begins its work MORE (D-Calif.) on Tuesday called Attorney General William BarrBill BarrTrump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote Native Americans are targets of voter suppression 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 TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt MORE's lawyer, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiCapitol insurrection hearing exposes Trumpworld delusions DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's riot lawsuit Bob Dole: 'I'm a Trumper' but 'I'm sort of Trumped out' 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.