Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Attorney General William Barr is the “second most dangerous man in the country” during an appearance at the Council on Foreign Relations Tuesday.
Schiff, a frequent critic of Trump, did not say whom he believes is the most dangerous man in the U.S.
It’s not difficult to figure out who he thinks is first.
But really, why wouldn’t Schiff, implicated as he is all the Russia collusion hoopla, express this kind of fear? He acknowledged Wednesday at the National Press Club (the guy’s apparently on some kind of press tour at the moment) that his House committee has almost no clue what Barr and others are doing as regards the probes into the origins of the counterintelligence investigation into Trump’s 2016 campaign.
The House Intelligence Committee has “very little visibility” into the three Justice Department investigations into the intelligence officials who launched the Russia probe, the panel’s chairman Adam Schiff said on Wednesday.
It’s a situation that has Schiff concerned, given his fears that the probes are politically motivated.
“It’s an effort to amplify the counter-narrative, and to ignore what the Russians did, and what they will do in the next election,” Schiff said at a National Press Club event on Wednesday. “We’ve already seen a disturbing erosion of our checks and balances” with regard to the White House’s contact with DOJ, he added.
It’s downright amusing that Schiff is concerned the DOJ’s probes are “politically motivated” given that this is what seems to have driven the original investigation into Trump’s campaign. To the degree, remember, that highly questionable intelligence from foreign agents was paid for and used by Hillary Clinton’s cronies.
And if Schiff is concerned that Russia’s effort to interfere in the election will be forgotten in all the probing, he needn’t be. That’s Barr-appointed John Durham’s entire focus, according to the New York Times. He’s looking at how the CIA came to the conclusion that Russia had tried to interfere in the 2016 election.
But Schiff’s really agitated that, despite his requests for information, Barr and other DOJ investigators just haven’t felt the need to brief Schiff on what they’re uncovering.
Schiff indicated that, despite asking the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Justice Department to keep him informed about any official declassification requests from Barr, the House Intelligence Committee — which oversees the intelligence community — remains largely in the dark about what the agencies are having to produce and whether their cooperation is voluntary or being compelled.
“I have discussed personally with the Director of National Intelligence [Dan] Coats my profound concern about what Bill Barr is doing in particular,” Schiff said. “Namely, his desire to provide cover to the president by investigating the investigators.”
But Schiff requesting information on the DOJ probes is like a criminal suspect demanding information from police investigators to keep him abreast of what leads they have and where their investigation is taking them. And then complaining when they ignore him. Schiff is more than implicated in the attempt to link Russia to the Trump campaign. Marc Thiessen detailed his actions in a Washington Post op-ed in March.
Trump has called for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) to resign. He is absolutely correct. Schiff repeatedly said that his committee had dug up “plenty of evidence of collusion or conspiracy.” In March 2017, he said on “Meet the Press,” “I can’t go into the particulars, but there is more than circumstantial evidence now” and last May he told ABC that Trump’s Russia conspiracy is of “a size and scope probably beyond Watergate.”
Schiff is a disgrace.
That Schiff is demanding to be kept in the loop is further proof of the man’s hubris. And anyway, he can rest assured that at some point he will know exactly what Barr and the other investigators have discovered. He just won’t be able to spin it at that time.
Does that make Barr dangerous? To Adam Schiff, it most certainly does.