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Joy Behar: FBI Furlough During Shutdown ‘Convenient’ For Trump

Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter

Joy Behar said she thinks it’s “a little convenient that the FBI is going to be furloughed also” during the government shutdown because “they’re the ones investigating” President Donald Trump.

The comments were made Wednesday during a panel discussion on “The View” about how the shutdown was entering its 33rd day as Trump and the Democrats remained in a stalemate over the funding of the government over the wall along the southern border.  (RELATED: Joy Behar: Female Trump Voters Don’t Know The Difference Between A Predator And A Protector)

Whoopi Goldberg started out asking the ladies at the table what could be done to end the closure and how important it was to get people back to work.

“The FBI says they can’t protect the country,” Goldberg explained. “The coast guard says it’s putting too much stress on military families, and U.S. Courts say they’re going to have to close as of February 1st. Dueling proposals from the White House and Congressional  Democrats are expected to go nowhere. So how do we get people to go back to work?”

Abby Huntsman said what she thought might end the shutdown and wondered if “federal employees all protest like TSA for example… would that bring the government back?”

But co-host Behar seemed to think Trump had a more nefarious reason for keeping the shutdown going and it has to do with the fact that the agency is the one investigating the president.

“But isn’t it a little inconvenient for him,” Behar replied. “That you know the FBI is going to be furloughed also and they’re the ones who are investigating him. It’s a little convenient.”

Meghan McCain attends the 2015 Trevor Project NextGen Fall Fete on November 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

Meghan McCain attends the 2015 Trevor Project NextGen Fall Fete on November 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)

“The irony too is this whole shutdown is over figuring out what to do with illegals and how to protect people in this country and yet the shutdown, all it’s done is make it more difficult for our people to protect people in this country,” Huntsman responded. “That’s exactly what this shutdown is about.”

“Also, aren’t prison guards, some of them federal workers,” Behar quipped. “So the prisoners are getting a salary but the guards are not.”

“Yeah, everything’s garbage, got it, like it’s terrible,” Meghan McCain, who never is shy about her thoughts, replied.

“If you look at what the government shutdown is costing our collective economy, it’s already almost $6 billion. The cost of the wall that he’s proposing is about $6 billion,” Sunny Hostin shared. “So it just doesn’t make sense even from the Trump administration’s point of view to continue the shutdown. So I keep on wondering what the strategy is.”