Dem senator: GOP lawmakers attacking FBI, DOJ 'destabilizing' rule of law

Dem senator: GOP lawmakers attacking FBI, DOJ 'destabilizing' rule of law
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Sen. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsHillicon Valley: Trump hits China with massive tech tariffs | Facebook meets with GOP leaders over bias allegations | Judge sends Manafort to jail ahead of trial | AT&T completes Time Warner purchase Dem senator: Trump Jr. may have given 'false testimony' about meeting with foreign nationals Overnight Finance: House sends Dodd-Frank rollbacks to Trump | What's in the bill | Trump says there is 'no deal' to help ZTE | Panel approves bill to toughen foreign investment reviews MORE (D-Del.) on Tuesday slammed House Republicans who have joined in President TrumpDonald John Trump20 weeks out from midterms, Dems and GOP brace for surprises Sessions responds to Nazi comparisons: 'They were keeping the Jews from leaving' Kim Jong Un to visit Beijing this week MORE's attacks on the Justice Department and FBI, accusing them of "destabilizing" the rule of law.

"I'm concerned that a number of House Republicans are making increasingly baseless attacks on the Department of Justice and the FBI, and that this is not just demoralizing to federal law enforcement but destabilizing to the rule of law to have folks in office trying to assist the president in his ongoing effort to undermine this investigation," Coons said on CNN

Coons is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is one of the panels investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.


Some congressional Republicans have grown increasingly critical of the FBI and Justice Department, particularly regarding the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. 

Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion between his campaign and Moscow, and has called the probe a politically motivated "witch hunt." 

In a tweet Tuesday morning, Trump accused the Justice Department of being controlled by the so-called deep state, and said that the agency must take action against a former aide to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonKoch brothers group won't back Stewart in Virginia Giuliani says his demand for Mueller probe to be suspended was for show Poll: GOP challenger narrowly leads Heitkamp in North Dakota MORE, Huma Abedin, former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGiuliani says his demand for Mueller probe to be suspended was for show Cuomo, Smerconish and Melber – Where facts matter Hillicon Valley: Supreme Court takes up Apple case | Senate votes to block ZTE deal | Officials testify on Clinton probe report | Russia's threat to undersea cables | Trump tells Pentagon to create 'space force' | FCC begins T-Mobile, Sprint deal review MORE and "others."

The tweet was Trump's latest attack on the Justice Department. Last month, the president said that the FBI's reputation was in "tatters" and that it had lost the confidence of the public.