U.S. Attorney General William Barr is not hiding his anger toward Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).
Asserting that the congressman lied about Trump–Russia collusion in the 2016 presidential election, Barr called the situation “infuriating” and urged voters to send him packing, the Washington Examiner reported.
Making no secret of the fact that he was deeply disturbed by the FBI investigation of Trump’s campaign, Barr has previously described it as one of the worst political scandals in modern times.
Schiff has been a leader among Democrats promoting the theory that Trump conspired with Russia to impact the results of the election even after former special counsel Robert Mueller’s team failed to find evidence of a criminal conspiracy.
In his recent interview with Fox Business Network host Maria Bartiromo, Barr complained about a lack of accountability by those who peddled the narrative in light of it’s “complete collapse.”
He said Schiff’s role is particularly “infuriating,” advising that “the accountability” he should face is at the ballot box.
“If the people of his district want him to continue to behave as he has, then they can send him back to office,” Barr said, according to the Examiner.
“It’s been stunning”
Responding more generally to the reaction of pundits and news media figures, the attorney general had harsh words for those who failed to recognize their errors in initial reports of Russian collusion.
“It’s been stunning that all we have gotten from the mainstream media is sort of bovine silence in the face of the complete collapse of the so-called Russiagate scandal, which they did all they could to sensationalize and drive,” he said, according to the Examiner.
Evidence released this week shed new light on the circumstances surrounding an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn — as well as the roles former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden might have played. Barr noted that those he believes were complicit in spreading the false information have largely failed to acknowledge or apologize for their role.
“And it’s, like, not even a ‘whoops,'” he said, according to the Examiner. “They’re just on to the next false scandal. So, that has been surprising to me that people aren’t concerned about civil liberties and the integrity of our governmental process.”
Trump and his supporters have long accused Schiff of pursuing a partisan agenda. The attorney general is now adding his voice to that chorus of criticism.