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

Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassWhitaker takes grilling from House lawmakers Congressional Black Caucus leaders call on Northam to resign Congressional Black Caucus faces tough decision on Harris, Booker 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 RooneyStay in Syria to counter Iran A solution to climate change that Democrats (and Republicans) can rally behind GOP rep unveils resolution seeking congressional term limits 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."