Richard Painter Blasts GOP Rep. Calling For FBI ‘Purge’: ‘That Man Does Not Belong in Congress’


The comments of Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) — who, on Tuesday, called for a “purge” of the FBI to remove “deep state” bureaucrats opposed to President Donald Trump — have certainly raised many eyebrows in the Beltway and beyond.

Richard Painter — the former chief ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush — went off on the Florida Congressman for what he deemed to be irresponsible rhetoric. Appearing Tuesday on The Lead with guest host Pamela Brown, Painter slammed Rooney, Trump, and others in the GOP casting doubt on the FBI after an agent was dismissed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s probe for calling the president an “idiot” in text messages.

“[FBI Director] Christopher Wray needs to tell the President of the United States to stop attacking the FBI, and officials in the FBI on Twitter,” Painter said. “And tell that Congressman and all the rest of ’em who are shooting their mouths off without any knowledge of the facts that they are just flat-out wrong, and that there’s not going to be any purge of the FBI on his watch. He needs to stand up to these people. They’re acting like dictators.”

Painter closed out the segment by focusing on Rooney and his use of the word “purge.:

“We don’t have ‘purges’ in the United States of America,” Painter said. “I mean, that’s Soviet Russia or Nazi Germany. That’s not the type of rhetoric we use in the United States of America. And that man does not belong in Congress. And I don’t care which party he’s in. And I sure as heck don’t want him in my party.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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