Coulter: 'It's time to disband the FBI'

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter has called to "disband" the FBI, arguing that the bureau isn't the same as it was under its first director, J. Edgar Hoover.

Coulter's comment came during an interview on "The Howie Carr Show" earlier this week after the host mentioned controversial FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok's affair with former FBI lawyer Lisa Page.


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"Wasn’t it more than somewhat discouraged for FBI agents, especially those in counterintelligence, to get themselves into potentially blackmailable situations like, say, having an affair with a co-worker?" Carr asked Coulter.

"It's time to disband the FBI," Coulter responded. "This is not J. Edgar Hoover's FBI, which was so good that liberals are still hysterical over it."

"My father was in the bureau for a few years after law school," she continued. "You not only had to be a lawyer back then in order to be an FBI agent, as I think I've told you on your program.

"It wasn't strictly policy, but J. Edgar Hoover — and of course they were all men — generally preferred Catholics and Mormons on the grounds that they were incorruptible, they were very, very honest and you could trust them. And you didn't really have a lot of trouble under Hoover and we actually had an enemy in Russia then."

Hoover was first appointed as the director of what was called the Bureau of Investigation in 1924 before founding the FBI in 1935.

He served as director until his passing in 1972 at the age of 77.

Strzok returned to the center of media attention last week while testifying before the House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform committees.

GOP members accused him of bias and pointed to texts that included one telling Page "We'll stop him" in regards to Trump when he was running for office.

Strzok argued the tweets were not indicative of bias and insisted that his personal feelings did not affect the way he conducted his investigations.

“The proposition that [bias] is going on and that might occur anywhere in the FBI deeply corrodes what the FBI is in American society, the effectiveness of their mission, and it is deeply destructive,” Strzok said.

Coulter is the author of several books, including "In Trump We Trust," released shortly before the 2016 presidential election.