Republican Florida Congressman Francis Rooney livened up a slow news day Tuesday, with a provocative call for a purge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department on MSNBC.
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
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) December 26, 2017
Rooney, being interviewed by Hallie Jackson, explained that he “would like to see the directors of those agencies purge it,” he replied.
Rooney added that “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’s specific agitation was with the ongoing investigation of alleged ties between agents of Russian influence and the Presidential campaign of Donald Trump.
“That investigation is totally off the rails… I’m very concerned that the DOJ and the FBI, whether you want to call it ‘deep state’ or what, are kind of off the rails,” Rooney asserted, adding that the DOJ and FBI don’t “respect the Constitution.”
Central to the problem: the “‘ends before the means’ culture out of the Obama administration, out of Hillary Clinton. With her $84 million of potentially illegal campaign contributions or the Clinton Foundation/Uranium One. People need a good clean government.”
President Trump devoted some time last weekend to tweets that were critical of the FBI.
“How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation,” Trump asked on Dec. 23.
How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ James Comey, of the Phony Hillary Clinton investigation (including her 33,000 illegally deleted emails) be given $700,000 for wife’s campaign by Clinton Puppets during investigation?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2017