GOP Rep. Charlie Dent compared the alleged secret society within the FBI to the Illuminati and said he doesn’t believe it exists, Thursday on “Morning Joe.”
Co-host Willie Geist asked if there was a secret group plotting a coup against President Donald Trump and Dent mocked the idea and said it was preposterous.
“No, I do not believe there’s an Illuminati at the FBI,” Dent said. Host Joe Scarborough jokingly asked if Free Masons had taken over the FBI, and Dent responded by coming to the defense of Bureau agents.
“We have members of our House Republican conference who have been FBI agents. … I’ll tell you what, we are the party, we have been the party traditionally of law enforcement. At the state and local level and also at the federal level,” Dent said. “We were mortified a couple years ago when many on the far left were launching these attacks against police. And now here we are as a party trying to brand ourselves as somehow suggesting that the men and women of the FBI are not as professional as they ought to be.”
Dent urged Republicans to scale back their rhetoric on FBI scandals and said the GOP should be supporting law enforcement officials instead of scrutinizing them.
“We need to get behind law enforcement. Show some respect here and move away from these conspiracy theories,” he concluded. “This is a Republican administration by the way, last I checked. Mr. Wray is a Republican appointee of Donald Trump. As is Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein. So attacking the government — I’ve never heard of administration, a president attacking his own government. But that’s essentially what’s happening and I think my colleagues ought to cease and desist from some of this rhetoric against our federal law enforcement officials.”
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