Congressman Calls For ‘Purge’ Of DOJ And FBI Ranks From The ‘Deep State’

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Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) on Tuesday said the Department of Justice and FBI are “off the rails” and need to “purge” their ranks.

“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 said on MSNBC. “People need a good, clean government.”

“Do you think people don’t have a good clean government?” MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson pressed. “There are those that look at comments like the ones that you’re making and say Republicans are working to essentially try to discredit the Department of Justice and thus discredit the Russia investigations. Is that not what you’re doing?”

“No, I don’t want to discredit them. I just, I would like to see the directors of the agencies purge it and say, look, we’ve got a lot of great agents, a lot of great lawyers here,” Rooney said. “Those are the people I want the American people to see and know the good work’s being done, not these people who are kind of the deep state.”

“Language like that, congressman, purge?” Jackson asked. “Purge the Department of Justice?”

“Well, I think that Mr. Strzok could be purged, sure,” Rooney replied, referring to FBI agent Peter Strzok, who was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team in August after an inspector general investigation revealed that he sent text messages critical of Trump during the 2016 election.

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  1. Avatar for sjk sjk says:

    They’re not even trying to hide it. They want to overthrow our county!

  2. Didn’t he mean Deep “Red” States?

    And isn’t Mr. Rooney late for the early-bird special, followed up by a rousing game of shuffleboard, then Bible Study?
    Spare us from the old white dinosaurs…

  3. Saddam hurriedly convened an assembly of party leaders on July 22. During the assembly, which he ordered videotaped, he claimed to have uncovered a fifth column within the party. Abdel-Hussein, broken after days of physical torture and under the threat of his family’s execution, confessed to taking a leading role in a Syrian-backed plot against the Iraqi government and gave the names of 68 alleged co-conspirators. These were removed from the room one by one as their names were called and taken into custody. After the list was read, Saddam congratulated those still seated in the room for their past and future loyalty. Those arrested at the meeting were subsequently tried together and found guilty of treason. 22 were sentenced to execution. Those spared were given weapons and directed to execute their comrades.

  4. Well, I think most modern political purges have worked out fairly positively, I mean it’s not like Stalin tried something like this. Or pol pot, or mao, or that German fellow who was always yelling. Good examples to follow, GOP, way to learn from history. Sigh…

  5. Rooney should change his last name to Stalin—just so he’d be easily identified by his political ideology.

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