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

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellInslee seeking third term as governor after ending presidential bid The Hill's Morning Report - Trump touts new immigration policy, backtracks on tax cuts Inslee drops out of 2020 presidential race MORE (D-Calif.) knocked House Republicans on Thursday over reports that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch 10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall Juan Williams: Trump, his allies and the betrayal of America 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 TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? 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 SchiffHillicon Valley: YouTube disables 200+ accounts over Hong Kong misinformation | Lawmakers sound alarm over Chinese influence efforts | DHS cyber agency details priorities | State AGs get tough on robocalls | DOJ busts online scammers Nadler asks other House chairs to provide records that would help panel in making impeachment decision YouTube disables over 200 accounts amid protests in Hong Kong 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."