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Scalise: FBI needs to stop ‘running around on witch hunts’

Greg Nash

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) slammed the FBI on Sunday, suggesting the bureau needed to stop wasting its time on “witch hunts.” 

“The FBI needs to get their house back in order. They need to stop running around on witch hunts and focus on their main objectives and that’s helping keep our country safe,” Scalise told Maria Bartiromo on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures.” 

 

 

{mosads}Scalise’s comments come after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said on Sunday that he won’t meet with the Justice Department until he receives documents connected to an FBI source who met with Trump campaign aides in 2016 over alleged contacts between members of the campaign and Russia.

Nunes accused someone in the department of leaking the information after he and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) did not agree to Justice officials’ offer to answer questions from lawmakers in a briefing.

“Now if you look at what happened on Friday night, probably the mother of all leaks, of all time, to two major newspapers, that came out Friday night. Now, had Mr. Gowdy and I went to that meeting, you can bet they would have tried to pin that on us,” Nunes told Bartiromo. 

“We had what I thought was a productive meeting, and then, after that meeting, they’ve done nothing but leak and leak and leak,” he said. “Now, we don’t know exactly who it is over at the Department of Justice or the FBI. I’m not pinning any blame on people. But we’re not going to go to another meeting where we don’t get documents and then the meeting leaks out.”
 
Scalise went on to lament Nunes’s experience with leaking and the FBI. 
 
“They can’t get the right documents from the FBI, yet every conversation they have is leaked out like a sieve,” Scalise said. 
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