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Bill O'Reilly to Newsmax TV: 'I've Lost Faith in the FBI'

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By    |   Thursday, 14 December 2017 03:28 PM

Former Fox News star Bill O'Reilly believes the FBI has been compromised and no longer carries the gravitas it once did.

"No doubt in my mind, and I'm a big law enforcement guy as you may know . . . I've lost faith in the FBI," O'Reilly told Newsmax TV's John Bachman on "Newsmax Now."

The veteran newsman made the declaration as the Senate Judiciary Committee continued to probe anti-Donald Trump text messages sent by top FBI officials, one who was recently part the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Committee chair Chuck Grassley zeroed in Thursday on 375 text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page that appear to be pro-Clinton and anti-Trump and which he said, "indicate a highly politicized FBI environment" in the Russia investigation. Strzok was taken off the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller after the texts were discovered, while Page had already left.

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O'Reilly, former anchor of Fox's "The O'Reilly Factor" and co-author of the bestseller "Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence," said Strzok is a major problem for what is a supposedly bipartisan probe.

"This investigation, it doesn't matter whether Mueller is biased or not," O'Reilly told Bachman. "[Deputy Attorney General Rod] Rosenstein says 'No, I have full confidence in Robert Mueller as a special prosecutor.' OK. I'm not going to argue. I don't know Mueller.

"I don't know what he's doing every day, but when you have four major problems within an investigation . . . the biggest one being Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who was dismissed from Mueller's staff because he's obviously biased against Donald Trump.

"When you have four, that means you pack up the investigation up, because no matter what you say it's tainted . . . Shut it down. Mueller can issue a report, and I'd like to see it, but it cannot be under the Justice Department's banner or letter head. It is just too compromised."

O'Reilly said he lost faith in the FBI when "I saw the new director Christopher Wray appointed by Donald Trump go into Congress two weeks ago and basically fail to answer questions that he knew . . . were going to be asked and . . . it's obvious he didn't want to answer them. He was stonewalling. I don't want that . . .

"The American people have the right to know, and that's what the FBI is all about. Yes, we want you to investigate; we don't want you to taint your investigation before you come to conclusions."

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