For the better part of a year, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) led the charge to remove President Donald Trump from office via the impeachment process.
However, judging from remarks that the California Democrat made during a recent podcast, it sounds like he’s the one who is feeling nervous, according to the Washington Examiner.
Schiff fears Barr ‘may get worse’
The specific cause of Schiff’s unease is Attorney General Bill Barr, someone he claims is currently waging a politically-motivated vendetta against opponents of the president.
“One of the concerns I have with Bill Barr is that the worst is yet to come,” the Examiner quoted Schiff as saying on Harry Litman’s Talking Feds podcast.
Schiff accused Barr of having “a terrible, destructive track record” and predicted that Barr’s alleged behavior “may get worse in the coming days.”
“But what we have seen largely is Barr’s intervention to protect the president,” he continued, adding, “What we have not yet had full visibility on is not Barr’s use of the shield to protect corruption writ large of his boss, Donald Trump, but the sword.”
The California lawmaker expressed concern that Barr “may be using the power of the Justice Department through [U.S. Attorney John] Durham or others to go after the president’s enemies. And in many respects, that is a far greater, more serious abuse of the power of the Justice Department than his use of the shield,” further stating:
And so I continue to be concerned with the president, who is tweeting about how Obama and Biden should go to prison, that Bill Barr may be preparing the use of the sword in a politicized and dangerous and desperate way.
Reason to worry
However, it could be that Schiff is less concerned about purported wrongdoing by Barr than he is about the actual crimes that the attorney general may well uncover.
In 2019, Barr appointed Durham to review the origins of and potential wrongdoing committed during the Trump–Russia collusion probe, essentially tapping him to investigate the investigators.
Last October, Fox News reported that his inquiry had transitioned into a criminal investigation and that Barr had traveled overseas to meet with representatives from foreign governments to pursue leads in the probe.
As the Examiner reported, the attorney general discussed Durham’s work in an interview with Fox News personality Maria Bartiromo back in June, saying that he expects “we will have some developments, hopefully before the end of the summer.”
Given the intensity and thoroughness with which Barr and Durham’s work is proceeding, it seems likely that Schiff’s anxiety is well-justified indeed.