Paul Gosar Says ‘Destroy The FBI’ Rhetoric Is Just A Way To ‘Catch People’s Attention’

by | Sep 15, 2022 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) suggested this week that he doesn’t really want to destroy the FBI, contrary to what he keeps saying on Twitter.“Well, you know, you catch people’s attention that way,” Gosar said of his tweets in a brief interview with HuffPost on Wednesday.AdvertisementIn response to the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s home in Palm Beach, Florida, last month, many Republicans criticized federal law enforcement, but none went as far as Gosar.“We must destroy the FBI. We must save America,” he tweeted on Aug. 8, soon after Trump disclosed that the FBI had searched his property. “I stand with Donald J. Trump.”Just three days later, an armed Trump supporter tried to breach an FBI building in Ohio, ultimately dying in a shootout with police.Even some of Gosar’s fellow Republicans have suggested that language like Gosar’s went too far. On Aug. 12, Republicans on the House intelligence committee called a press conference to criticize the FBI, but Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), the committee’s top Republican, suggested that calls to defund or destroy the FBI were out of bounds. Advertisement“We support our men and women in uniform who are in law enforcement and we request that anybody who has made outrageous statements like that, that you question them and not us,” Turner said. However, Turner and the other Republicans at that press conference spent very little time talking about the troubling incident at the FBI building in Ohio that had happened the day before. They devoted far more time to talking about the 2017 shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) at a congressional baseball practice and the Hillary Clinton email controversy.By the time of the Mar-a-Lago raid, the National Archives had already said that Trump kept official documents that he was legally required to turn over to the Archives at the end of his term. And the Justice Department has since said in court that Trump may have obstructed investigators by moving material and intentionally misleading them about what remained. But Gosar hasn’t let up. Last week, for instance, he tweeted a call to “Dismantle and Eliminate the FBI” in response to Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s unconfirmed claim that the FBI had raided the homes of dozens of Trump allies. (The New York Times reported this week that the Justice Department has sent out more than 40 subpoenas related to its investigation of the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.) On Wednesday, when HuffPost asked what he meant about destroying or elimi …

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