Dem senator: GOP lawmakers attacking FBI, DOJ 'destabilizing' rule of law

Dem senator: GOP lawmakers attacking FBI, DOJ 'destabilizing' rule of law
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Sen. Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsJudiciary Democrat calls for additional witnesses to testify on Kavanaugh Kavanaugh allegations could be monster storm brewing for midterm elections      Sunday shows preview: White House officials on offensive in wake of anonymous NY Times op-ed MORE (D-Del.) on Tuesday slammed House Republicans who have joined in President TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE's attacks on the Justice Department and FBI, accusing them of "destabilizing" the rule of law.

"I'm concerned that a number of House Republicans are making increasingly baseless attacks on the Department of Justice and the FBI, and that this is not just demoralizing to federal law enforcement but destabilizing to the rule of law to have folks in office trying to assist the president in his ongoing effort to undermine this investigation," Coons said on CNN

Coons is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is one of the panels investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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Some congressional Republicans have grown increasingly critical of the FBI and Justice Department, particularly regarding the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. 

Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion between his campaign and Moscow, and has called the probe a politically motivated "witch hunt." 

In a tweet Tuesday morning, Trump accused the Justice Department of being controlled by the so-called deep state, and said that the agency must take action against a former aide to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate Heller embraces Trump in risky attempt to survive in November Live coverage: Cruz, O'Rourke clash in Texas debate MORE, Huma Abedin, former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump vows to get rid of 'stench' at DOJ, FBI House Judiciary on NY Times article: I intend to subpoena 'McCabe Memos' Hillicon Valley: NYT says Rosenstein wanted to wear wire on Trump | Twitter bug shared some private messages | Vendor put remote-access software on voting machines | Paypal cuts ties with Infowars | Google warned senators about foreign hacks MORE and "others."

The tweet was Trump's latest attack on the Justice Department. Last month, the president said that the FBI's reputation was in "tatters" and that it had lost the confidence of the public.