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Dem Lawmaker: Rep. Rooney Needs a 'History Lesson' After Calling for FBI 'Purge'

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By    |   Thursday, 28 December 2017 08:49 AM

A Democratic member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee criticized Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., for calling for a "purge" of the FBI to get rid of "deep state" officials.

"I actually think it's very frightening… It sows distrust in our institutions and I think it's irresponsible and maybe he needs a history lesson. Maybe that's what would be helpful in this time period," Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., said Wednesday on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront."

"When I get back to Congress in a couple of weeks, I want to sit down and talk to him about the McCarthy era, because I'm not sure if he remembers the Cold War. He's old enough to have, but the type of purges he's talking about hearkens back to the Cold War, when there was a purge by McCarthy to find communists that were hidden in the federal government," Bass said.

Republicans are "laying the foundation" for mistrust in the FBI's Russia probe, Bass said, according to CNN.

"When we had the head of the FBI, when we had the assistant attorney general come before our committee, the entire Republican side of the committee was asking questions along the same lines. Their talking points were the same.

"They're clearly doing this in conjunction and collaboration with the White House, and they are in the White House, as well as in the House, laying the foundation when indictments come to say they are not valid, because the investigation was invalid," Bass told CNN.

She made the allegation based on "sitting and listening to hours and hours of questioning by my colleagues, where their talking points are completely in sync with the White House," Bass said in the interview.

Rooney made the comment about calling for a "purge" during an appearance on MSNBC. 

The Florida congressman on Wednesday said that purge "might be a pretty strong word," according to CNN.

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A Democratic member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee criticized Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., for calling for a "purge" of the FBI to get rid of "deep state" officials.
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