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Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, has come under fire for calling out Republicans who want to defund the FBI after the attack on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, but he said the backlash has extreme and unfair state.
“If you’re an internet troll, you might think I defended the FBI. But if you’re a thinking person, you know, I didn’t,” Crenshaw told Fox News Digital in an exclusive interview this week.
Crenshaw, who has faced criticism from some GOP members for his stance on the FBI after the attack, says he has been clear that he believes the FBI’s actions in the Trump raid, allegedly by classified documents, they were unfair.
“It’s clearly a political move. Of course they could have asked Donald Trump for the documents if they wanted them so badly, but there’s no evidence that they did. So that’s what I’ve been saying over and over again. Now, this doesn’t It doesn’t mean I want to defund the FBI and if you want to defund the FBI, then I can point you to the Democratic Party because they also want to defund the police,” Crenshaw said.
Representative Dan Crenshaw during his interview with Fox News Digital.
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Crenshaw and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, R-Ga., have clashed over calls to “defund the FBI” after the attack, and he said he’s tired of the criticism he’s faced, which includes being called a RINO ( Republican in name only). ) and compared to the late Republican Sen. John McCain, a frequent target of Trump’s ire.
“I’m sick of these extremes and this nonsense being said, the lies being spread about me. It’s all BS and we all know it,” Crenshaw told Fox. “Don’t agree with the Democrats about defunding the police… You can hold them accountable and you can be, you can have righteous indignation, righteous anger. And what happened at Mar-a-Lago, in reality, it has united all aspects of the Republican. Party because we all know it was unfair.”
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Crenshaw said restoring faith in the FBI requires transparency, which he and others hope to provide if the GOP wins control of the House in the midterm elections.
“We’re going to make a lot of oversights like [Republican Minority Leader] Kevin McCarthy said: Merrick Garland, you’d better get your parking spot ready, put all your paperwork away, because there’s going to be a lot of oversight when we get the House back. This is exactly the right move.”
The FBI entered Trump’s home in Palm Beach, Florida, on August 8 with a search warrant for Trump’s records, and the subsequently released receipt for the seizures indicates that among the boxes stored in the residence there were secret and secret documents.
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The warrant, however, with probable cause justification for the search, has not been released, and Trump’s lawyers plan to continue urging the courts to make it public.
Several Republican politicians have called for the FBI to be dismantled in the wake of the raid, which has virtually united the right in condemning the FBI’s move as a political prosecution.
Thomas Phippen is a Fox News editor.