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

Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck Hispanic Caucus seeks to retain voice in House leadership House hearing marks historic moment for slavery reparations debate 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 RooneyAddressing climate change is a win for Republicans — why not embrace it? Pricing carbon: A solution whose time has finally come Activists push for tougher sanctions on Nicaragua's government 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."