GOP Lawmaker: My Colleagues Should 'Cease and Desist' With Anti-FBI Rhetoric
Rep. Charlie Dent took on his Republican colleagues over their criticism of the FBI and Justice Department.
Speaking to MSNBC Thursday, Dent (R-Pa.) was asked about allegations of a "secret society" within the FBI working against President Trump.
"No, I don’t believe there is an Illuminati at the FBI," Dent responded.
"What about Freemasons?" Joe Scarborough jokingly asked.
Dent said the Republican Party has traditionally been strongly supportive of law enforcement, including in recent years during "far left attacks" against police officers.
"We need to get behind law enforcement, show some respect here, and move away from these conspiracy theories," he added, explaining that the attorney general, deputy attorney general and FBI director are all appointees of President Trump and confirmed by Congress.
"My colleagues ought to cease and desist from some of this rhetoric against our law enforcement officials who are very professional and thorough," said Dent, who announced last year he would not seek re-election.
He said last month Trump was "a factor" in the decision, claiming that "loyalty" to President Trump was the new "litmus test" in his party.
On "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) once again called for the end of the Mueller investigation, arguing it is built on a "rotten foundation."