Rep. Francis Rooney (FL) is a major Republican donor and a freshman Congressman who's a member of the ultra-right Republican Study committee. He appeared on MSNBC with Hallie Jackson this morning, and her facial expressions are something to see.
"I'm very concerned that the DoJ and the FBI, whether you call it deep state or what, are off the rails," he said.
(Right. It's law enforcement that's off the rails, not the corrupt administration. Gotcha!)
"When you look at what the Strzoka guy was texting and talking, to the dossier Clinton research people. And the McCabe guy's wife takes $600,000 from Clinton-related sources while running for state senator."
"Congressman, you just called the FBI and the DoJ 'off the rails.' Something that you're okay with talking about here? How does that not sort of undermine the work that the agencies are doing?" Jackson said.
"I think the American people have very high standards for our government agencies and to see people like these --" Rooney said.
"Are the agencies not living up to the standards?
"Well, those aforementioned examples are really nerve racking to me and undermine my confidence that the agencies don't respect the Constitution and will not put the ends before the means."
(You can pause here for hysterical ironic laughter.)
"That's a pretty broad brush you're painting with," Jackson cautioned.
"Yeah, but we have seen a lot of ends-before-the-means culture, both out of the Obama administration and out of Hillary Clinton, with her $84 million of potentially illegal campaign contributions or the Clinton Foundation Uranium One. We've got -- people need a good, clean government," Rooney said.
(Sweet baby Jesus. The irony.)
"Do you think people don't have a good clean government?" Jackson said. "I have to let you go, but the point I'm trying to get at, the ones looking at the comments you're making say Republicans are working to essentially trying to discredit the Department of Justice and thousand discredit the Russia investigations. Is that not what you're doing?" Jackson said.
"No, I don't want to discredit them. I would like to see the directors of the agencies purging. and say, look, we have a lot of great agents, a lot of great lawyers here, those are the people i want the American people to see and know the good work is being done, not the team in the deep state."
"Language like that, congressman, purge, purge the Department of Justice?"
"Well, I think that Mr. Strzoka could be purged, sure," he said.
Can you guess what today's talking points are, boys and girls?