House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Tuesday that Attorney General William Barr is “the second most dangerous man in the country,” apparently after President Donald Trump.
“We find ourselves, I think, for the first time with an attorney general who really is the president’s defense lawyer and spokesperson, and who’s quite good at it,” Schiff said at an event held by the Council of Foreign Relations.
“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 for that reason,” the Democrat added, referring to Rudy Giuliani, a personal lawyer for Trump.
Schiff and his fellow congressional Democrats have been frustrated with Barr’s lack of cooperation with their requests for information regarding the former special counsel’s investigation, and have accused the attorney general of outright lying to Congress during his April testimony.
“When you have an attorney general … that lies to Congress, as he did when Charlie Crist asked him about whether he was aware of these reservations that had been reported about the Mueller team and he said that he was not, that’s a very dangerous situation,” Schiff asserted, referring to Barr’s April 9 testimony before the House Appropriations Committee.
.@RepAdamSchiff on Attorney General William Barr: "I think he's the second most dangerous man in the country."
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While Schiff gave Barr the second placement in the most dangerous category, others have regarded him as the most dangerous.
Author and Republican political strategist Rick Wilson spoke out against new Attorney General William Barr, calling him the “Most Dangerous Man in America” in the title of his opinion piece published in the Daily Beast.
Wilson, who has worked for governors, U.S. Senate candidates, super PACS, and corporations, according to his biographical information, is also the author of “Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever.”
The seemingly anti-President Donald Trump Republican didn’t mince words when addressing the issue of Barr and what could be done with his new refound power in Washington:
“Every great authoritarian enterprise comes to its apotheosis more from the soulless, mechanical efficiency of armies of bureaucrats and police than from the rantings of whatever Great Leader or revolutionary firebrand mounts the podium,” Wilson opened by saying.
“A four-hour, spittle-flecked speech in Berlin, Havana, Moscow, or Kigali is, in the end, less consequential than the memos and slide decks of competent people given over to the service of evil,” the strategist went on.
“Bad governments don’t start as nihilist terror; they’re the work of people who look like your neighbors. They build anodyne policy directives to justify the acidic erosion of the rule of law. They put the tools of government and administration to darker and darker purposes while compartmentalizing inevitable excesses in the name of political expediency.”