Dem: How many floors of FBI will GOP burn to protect Trump?

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellConservatives wage assault on Mueller report Swalwell on Hicks testimony: 'She's going to have to tell us who she lied for' in Trump admin Trump reignites criticism of McCain months after senator's death MORE (D-Calif.) knocked House Republicans on Thursday over reports that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesNunes faces tough odds with Twitter lawsuit Conservatives wage assault on Mueller report Hillicon Valley: EU hits Google with .7 billion antitrust fine | GOP steps up attack over tech bias claims | Dems ask FTC for budget wishlist | Justices punt on Google privacy settlement MORE (R-Calif.) is leading a group of Republicans probing political bias at the Justice Department and FBI.

In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Swalwell accused Republicans of trying to discredit law enforcement agents in order to protect President TrumpDonald John TrumpHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Countdown clock is on for Mueller conclusions Omar: White supremacist attacks are rising because Trump publicly says 'Islam hates us' MORE.

"It seems that there is no end to my Republican colleagues' efforts," Swalwell, a member of the Intel panel, told CNN. "It makes you wonder, how many floors of the FBI building are they willing to burn down to protect the president?"


Swalwell's comments come a day after a Politico report revealed that Nunes and a group of House Republicans have quietly been investigating for weeks whether top officials at the FBI and Justice Department mishandled information found in a dossier of unverified material that alleges ties between Trump and Russia.

"We're now encroaching on the rule of law in this country," Swalwell said Thursday. "That they continue to attack and undermine to insulate this president from what is a quite lawful Russia investigation."

"It's disheartening from a democratic principles standpoint," he added, "and it is certainly affecting just the high morale that's always been at the FBI that's now under attack."

Swalwell's comments come after Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffCountdown clock is on for Mueller conclusions Schiff: 'Too early' to tell if Trump impeachment warranted by Mueller report Pelosi rejects any classified briefings on Mueller report MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the Intel panel, also slammed House Republicans this week.

Schiff released a statement Wednesday saying that he wasn't aware of the group's investigation, but he condemned Republicans for trying to undermine the integrity of law enforcement.

"I think what we are seeing in our committee ... is an effort to attack the Department of Justice, an effort to attack the FBI, to attack [special counsel] Bob Mueller, is an effort to undermine the investigations and these institutions out of fear of what they’ll find and try to discredit them in advance," Schiff said. "It’s a pernicious thing to do that will ultimately inflict long-term damage on these institutions."