MSNBC host slams GOP over FBI attacks: 'It's making me crazy'

MSNBC host slams GOP over FBI attacks: 'It's making me crazy'
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MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace went after Republicans on Thursday over recent GOP attacks on the FBI, questioning why they would attack "Republican-led" law enforcement agencies.

Wallace, who served as White House communications director under former President George W. Bush, ripped Republicans for the "insurrection" against FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinTrump: I didn't fire Mueller since firings 'didn't work out too well' for Nixon Trump: I didn't fire Mueller since firings 'didn't work out too well' for Nixon GOP group urges Republicans to speak out on obstruction claims against Trump in new ad MORE.

“I can’t get my brain around the insurrection in the Republican Party against Republican-led law enforcement agencies,” Wallace said. “I can’t shove the round pegs into the square boxes.

"It's making me crazy."

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The MSNBC host accused Republicans who have questioned the integrity of law enforcement agents of engaging in "tinfoil-hat conservatism."

“It is a bit on the tin foil hat side of conservatism to sit there and think that Rod Rosenstein, who is a Trump appointee, who works for Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsSarah Sanders to leave White House Sarah Sanders to leave White House Barr compares his return to DOJ to D-Day invasion MORE, also a Trump appointee, are part of some grand conspiracy,” Wallace added.

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"I think what we are seeing in our committee ... is an effort to attack the Department of Justice, an effort to attack the FBI, to attack [special counsel] Bob Mueller, is an effort to undermine the investigations and these institutions out of fear of what they’ll find and try to discredit them in advance," said Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffThe Hill's Morning Report - Is US weighing military action against Iran? The Hill's Morning Report - Is US weighing military action against Iran? Schiff: Intelligence agencies focused on Russian interference 'even if the president isn't' MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the committee.

"It’s a pernicious thing to do that will ultimately inflict long-term damage on these institutions."