Dem rips GOP lawmaker for calling for FBI 'purge': Maybe he needs a history lesson

Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassSentencing reform is critical for youth in the justice system Pregnant and imprisoned: The crisis thousands of women are facing Santorum: Mueller could avoid charges of McCarthyism by investigating DOJ, FBI MORE (D-Calif.) said one of her GOP colleagues may need a "history lesson" after his call for a "purge" of the FBI.

During an interview on CNN, Bass called Rep. Francis RooneyLaurence (Francis) Francis RooneyDems court conservative firebrand in Medicare drug fight Overnight Energy: Proposed rule would roll back endangered species protections | House passes Interior, EPA spending | House votes to disavow carbon tax House votes to disavow carbon tax MORE's (R-Fla.) comments calling for a purge "very frightening."

"When I get back to Congress in a couple of weeks, I want to sit down and talk to him about the McCarthy era, because I'm not sure if he remembers the Cold War," she said.

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"The type of purges he's talking about harkens back to the Cold War, when there was a purge by McCarthy to find communists that were hidden in the federal government," she said.
 
She said this sows distrust in the country's institutions.
 
"I think it is irresponsible," she said. "And maybe he needs a history lesson. Maybe that's what would be helpful in this time period."