Republican Lawmaker Francis Rooney has called for a “purge” of the FBI. He said there are “deep state” figures working within the agency that need to be gotten rid of.
Rooney said during an interview on MSNBC that the American people have “very high standards” for the country’s government agencies, and suggested they aren’t being met.
He was pressed during the interview on whether he is trying to discredit the Department of Justice, and by extension the investigation into Russia’s election interference.
“I don’t want to discredit them. I would like to see the directors of those agencies purge it,” he continued, “And say, look, we’ve got a lot of great agents, a lot of great lawyers here, those are the people that I want the American people to see and know the good works being done, not these people who are kind of the deep state.”
He mentions Peter Strzok by name, who was the FBI agent to investigate Hillary Clinton’s private, unprotected email server, which sent thousands of classified emails.
Stzok was also on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team. However, once it was discovered that that he had sent texts that were “critical of President Trump,” he was removed from the team.
Mueller’s team is investigating Russia’s efforts to interfere in the election, including whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
This past weekend, Trump lashed out at FBI leadership, going after FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe over donations that Democrats made to his wife’s political campaign.
Trump’s attack Saturday came after a report that McCabe is retiring from the FBI amid mounting criticism from Republicans in Congress.
The president has stepped up his attacks on the FBI in recent weeks, saying earlier this month that the bureau’s reputation was “in tatters.”
WATCH: GOP Rep. Francis Rooney calls for 'purge' of FBI, accuses some in the agency of being a part of the 'deep state' pic.twitter.com/kkJTBPFeui
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