Schumer: GOP attacks on FBI 'delusional,' 'paranoid'
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMcConnell says deficits 'not a Republican problem' Medicare for All is disastrous for American seniors and taxpayers Senate Dems race to save Menendez in deep-blue New Jersey MORE (D-N.Y.) ripped Republican lawmakers on Thursday, saying their recent attacks on the FBI are nothing more than "self-serving paranoia."

"Since this investigation has started our nation has had to endure conspiracy after conspiracy from the right wing, Republican congressmen, senators and of course the right-wing press, which acts in total cahoots," he said from the Senate floor. 

Schumer said GOP lawmakers are offering "conspiracy theories with virtually no fact. Paranoia, delusion — why?"

He also took a veiled swipe at Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP senator seeking information on FBI dealings with Bruce Ohr, former DOJ lawyer Election Countdown: O'Rourke brings in massive M haul | Deal on judges lets senators return to the trail | Hurricane puts Florida candidates in the spotlight | Adelson spending big to save GOP in midterms Senate Homeland chair vents Mueller probe is preventing panel from receiving oversight answers MORE (R-Wis.), who has seized on a text message between two then-FBI officials, one of whom mentioned a "secret society," possibly as a private joke.

"It looked delusional. It looked paranoid. What began as an attempt to discredit the investigator has now devolved into delusional, self-serving paranoia," Schumer said, referring to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation into Russian election meddling.

But some Republicans and conservative media figures have pointed to the "secret society" text message as evidence of a deeply biased FBI, saying it only confirms their suspicions that the FBI gave former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBudowsky: Closing message for Democrats Election Countdown: Dems outraise GOP in final stretch | 2018 midterms already most expensive in history | What to watch in second Cruz-O'Rourke debate | Trump raises 0M for reelection | Why Dems fear Avenatti's approach GOP mocks Clinton after minor vehicle collision outside Mendendez campaign event MORE a pass in its probe into her private email server. 

Schumer added on Thursday that the GOP criticism lines up "wittingly or unwittingly" with Russia. 

"Some of our Republican colleagues sadly unfortunately wittingly or unwittingly are acting as allies of Russia's disinformation campaigns," he said.

The attacks on the FBI and Justice Department "are playing right into Putin's hands," he added, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.