Dem lawmaker: Trump is purging anyone who isn’t 'blindly loyal'

Dem lawmaker: Trump is purging anyone who isn’t 'blindly loyal'
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Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroHispanic Caucus members embark on 'virtual bus tour' with Biden campaign Hispanic caucus report takes stock of accomplishments with eye toward 2021 Democratic lawmakers call for an investigation into allegations of medical neglect at Georgia ICE facility MORE (D-Texas) slammed the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeGraham: Comey to testify about FBI's Russia probe, Mueller declined invitation Barr criticizes DOJ in speech declaring all agency power 'is invested in the attorney general' GOP votes to authorize subpoenas, depositions in Obama-era probe MORE on Friday, accusing President TrumpDonald John TrumpBubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Graham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid MORE of ousting anyone who isn’t “blindly loyal.”

“[Trump] is purging the highest levels of government of anyone who isn’t a blindly loyal 'yes' man or woman. Darker days ahead,” Castro tweeted.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsGOP set to release controversial Biden report Trump's policies on refugees are as simple as ABCs Ocasio-Cortez, Velázquez call for convention to decide Puerto Rico status MORE fired McCabe on Friday, two days before McCabe’s retirement. Sessions said McCabe was not entirely forthcoming during an inspector general review.

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McCabe defended himself in a statement, saying he never misled investigators and that his firing was part of an attempt to undermine special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s probe.

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffChris Matthews ripped for complimenting Trump's 'true presidential behavior' on Ginsburg Trump casts doubt on Ginsburg statement, wonders if it was written by Schiff, Pelosi or Schumer Top Democrats call for DOJ watchdog to probe Barr over possible 2020 election influence MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said McCabe's firing had "an odious taint."

Schiff said that "it's impossible to evaluate the merits" of McCabe's firing since the Justice Department's inspector general has not released the report that spurred the disciplinary process that resulted in a recommendation that McCabe be fired. 

Trump and GOP lawmakers had repeatedly attacked McCabe in recent months, claiming he was an example of an anti-Trump bias at the Justice Department.

McCabe’s firing also came just days after Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonGary Cohn: 'I haven't made up my mind' on vote for president in November Kushner says 'Alice in Wonderland' describes Trump presidency: Woodward book Conspicuous by their absence from the Republican Convention MORE was ousted, and amid reports that Trump is preparing to replace national security adviser H.R. McMaster.