House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) lauded Attorney General William Barr‘s decision to appoint a U.S. attorney to investigate the origins of special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation into Russian election interference.
While giving an interview on Fox News‘ “America’s Newsroom,” Scalise was asked if he believed the Trump administration was “going on offense in a legal sense” by appointing U.S. attorney from Connecticut John Durham to investigate the origins of the Mueller probe.
Scalise answered by stating he believes that the Department of Justice was “going on offense” in order to “clean up the bad apples” at the FBI.
“I think you’re seeing the Justice Department go on offense to say, ‘Let’s clean up the bad apples,'” Scalise said. “If there are bad apples within the organization, they need to be cleaned out.”
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“Let’s go restore the integrity of the good work and the men and women of the FBI and the job they do for our country and make it clear that if you want to go to the FBI or any intelligence agency, you’re there to go and represent and defend this country, not to carry out your own political agenda.”
Scalise’s comments came the day after Barr appointed Durham to look into the beginnings of Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference that also investigated the alleged conspiracy between President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Kremlin.
Many Republicans have alleged political bias from some former members the Mueller team. Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) read off a profane, anti-Trump text message from former FBI agent Peter Strzok — who served on Mueller’s team — calling the president a “f**king idiot” during Barr’s recent Senate hearing.