Republican Florida Representative Francis Rooney called for a "purge" of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, warning of "deep state" figures within the agency. During an interview on MSNBC on Tuesday, Rooney said that the American people have a high standard that the FBI does not meet.
WATCH: GOP Rep. Francis Rooney calls for 'purge' of FBI, accuses some in the agency of being a part of the 'deep st… https://t.co/r9FpfZIMK6— MSNBC (@MSNBC)1514302463.0
"I would like to see the directors of those agencies purge it."
When pressed on whether he is trying to discredit the Department of Justice amidst special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, Rooney had this to say:
I don't want to discredit them. I would like to see the directors of those agencies purge it.
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.
Rooney did specifically mention Peter Strzok, a top FBI agent who worked on the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of State, and who had been a member of Mueller's team until he was removed this summer over text messages he sent that were critical of President Trump.
Representative Rooney echoes President Donald Trump attacks on the FBI.
Over the holiday weekend, Trump attacked FBI leadership via Twitter, going after Deputy Director Andrew McCabe over donations that Democrats made to his wife’s political campaign. Trump's attack on Saturday came after a report that McCabe is retiring from the FBI amid mounting criticism from Republicans in Congress.
The people of Twitter are not fooled.
What Rooney really means is that he wants to remove anyone investigating anything related to Trump.
@MSNBC @elegantcoretta Code word for a civil confrontation. If they plan to purge agencies investigating trump crim… https://t.co/N5t4pJUNSe— USAF MTI/SHIRT/CHIEF (@USAF MTI/SHIRT/CHIEF)1514307123.0
@AFCMSgt1SgtMTI @MSNBC @elegantcoretta In other words, get rid of any Democrat that works in the DOJ or FBI & only… https://t.co/V5T54trany— 🔭👁Jim Gilbert👨⚖️😜 (@🔭👁Jim Gilbert👨⚖️😜)1514307563.0
@MSNBC Sick! So only Republicans, can be on any investigation? Let’s review the money and support for Trump .... m… https://t.co/AtvagZJIOg— Ruthie Jett (@Ruthie Jett)1514302896.0
You all remember the Trump loyalty pledge, right?
@JamesFGilbert @AFCMSgt1SgtMTI @MSNBC @elegantcoretta Yeah the Loyalty Pledge. That is scarier than shit.— (((Str8Grandmother))) (@(((Str8Grandmother))))1514329713.0
A slippery slope.
@MSNBC We are sliding down a greasy slope of money towards a new Orwellian future— Danny B. (@Danny B.)1514303055.0
What happened to the media doing their job of criticizing what politicians say?
@MSNBC She missed a great opportunity to question his theory of a “deep state”— Lisa RN ❤️🍀 (@Lisa RN ❤️🍀)1514303776.0
@deborah81599931 @LisaHoff14 @MSNBC She had time to say flat out that the BS with “uranium one” has been debunked 1… https://t.co/77BznP2Bbh— Anthony (@Anthony)1514305788.0
@HappyProgressiv @tracypuett @LaurenDownSouth @randisliv @MSNBC Thank you. When did we stop calling a lie a lie. Wh… https://t.co/jL6acgPZqH— Deaqon James (@Deaqon James)1514324442.0
And is anyone else concerned about the language politicians are using?
@MSNBC There is something deeply chilling about a congressman talking about a "purge". The language of Stalin. Have… https://t.co/eYoJpJVsP7— Bill Stelling (@Bill Stelling)1514303028.0
"This is fascist talk."
@MSNBC This is fascist talk. If the Dems don't get right out on top of this, we are going to find ourselves without… https://t.co/evGCzcHgvu— Sara Dillon (@Sara Dillon)1514313787.0
Rooney's rhetoric is dangerous fear-mongering.
@sara_dillon @MSNBC First, it invites Americans to believe their entire political system (democratically elected re… https://t.co/wnt37ly51c— Rick Petree (@Rick Petree)1514341568.0
@sara_dillon @MSNBC In so doing, they will give license to hard-core Trump partisans to oppose his removal, by any… https://t.co/QFY1fD1hSB— Rick Petree (@Rick Petree)1514341820.0
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