Following the FBI’s investigation of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) on Sunday moved to differentiate himself from those in his party demanding for the agency to be defunded.
When CNN’s Jake Tapper questioned Crenshaw about recent GOP rhetoric on “State of the Union,” Crenshaw replied, “Oh sure, it’s crazy.”
The search, which was related to an inquiry into the former president’s handling of sensitive papers, has been characterized by many in the GOP as being politically motivated. In addition to calling for the defunding of the FBI, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) filed articles of impeachment against Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Some Republicans have responded to those demands with outrage, drawing analogies to the progressive lawmakers’ “defund the cops” movement led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
We come across as extreme Democrats, don’t you think? stated Crenshaw on Sunday. “And so, if Marjorie and AOC so choose, they can go join the defund the law enforcement club. Republicans make up 91% of the passenger list on that train.
Despite distancing himself from such demands, Crenshaw made a similar demand of the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) on Sunday in response to the search, claiming it was “naturally political.”
The DOJ has objected to the effort, claiming concerns about witness safety, but a federal judge last week indicated that she was receptive to releasing a redacted version of the affidavit used to support the search warrant application.
Crenshaw said to Tapper, “The criticisms we’re throwing against the FBI and DOJ are entirely warranted. “Those criticisms do not cause an insane person to attack an FBI,”
In the days following the Mar-a-Lago search, an armed man attempted to break into the FBI’s Cincinnati field office. The intelligence community referenced the incident in a recent report warning of rising threats to federal law enforcement.
Following the search, the FBI detained a guy from Pennsylvania for reportedly threatening to kill FBI employees.
Crenshaw stated on CNN, “That’s obviously wrong, but of course that’s not where 99 percent of Republicans are at.
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