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Fox legal analyst Jarrett: Mueller investigation 'illegitimate and corrupt'

Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett called special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation "illegitimate and corrupt" during an interview with Sean Hannity late Wednesday while referring to the FBI as "America's secret police."

"I think we now know that the Mueller investigation is illegitimate and corrupt," said Jarrett, formerly an anchor on Court TV. "And Mueller has been using the FBI as a political weapon.

"And the FBI has become America's secret police. Secret surveillance, wiretapping, intimidation, harassment and threats. It's like the old KGB that comes for you in the dark of the night banging through your door," he continued.

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"By the way, this is not a game. This is not hyperbole you are using here," Hannity said.

"No. Ask Paul Manafort, they came for him and broke through his front door," Jarrett replied.

"And if it can happen to him, Gregg," Hannity said.

"It can happen to all of us," Jarrett replied. "Absolutely."

The commentary comes following revelations that two members of Mueller's investigative team, Peter Strzok and Andrew Weissmann, were found to have sent anti-Trump text messages and emails, respectively, in the past.

"The FBI is a shadow government now," Jarrett told Hannity. "It has become highly politicized. Peter Strzok is the perfect example of it. He led both the Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC 'got scammed' into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map MORE investigation and until recently the Mueller investigation. This is a guy who has corrupt political motives. We now know it. The Congress has the emails, but he is the tip of the iceberg. There are others, especially Andrew Weissmann and, as you pointed out, Jeannie Rhee."

Hannity, a staunch supporter of President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE, has made the investigators' texts and emails a central theme of his program this week.

Hannity Wednesday night called the Mueller investigation into possible Russian collusion with Trump campaign associates "something you would see in a banana republic."

Fox News's Laura Ingraham reported on Wednesday night that Rhee was hired by Mueller this past summer to work on the probe.

"She formerly worked in the Obama Justice Department as a deputy assistant attorney general in the office of legal counsel — offering advice to the administration," according to FoxNews.com.

Trump has weighed in on the Mueller controversy as well recently, retweeting several reports over the weekend.