Sen. John Kennedy: When the FBI Knocks at Your Door, ‘You Shouldn’t Have to Worry About Whether You’re a Democrat or Republican’

By Melanie Arter | March 11, 2019 | 5:42pm EDT
Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) (Screenshot)

( - Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and others are responsible for politicizing the FBI.

“There were and perhaps still are some people at the FBI, one of whom was Mr. McCabe, who helped politicize the agency. When an FBI agent knocks at your door, you shouldn't have to worry about whether you're a Democrat or a Republican and whether that makes a difference, and Mr. McCabe has helped politicize that agency, and that's wrong,” Kennedy said.


“He should be ashamed, and he should hide his head in a bag, and we have got to clean house over there,” the senator said.

When asked what he means by clean house, Kennedy said, “I'm talking about people over there who were both for Trump and for Clinton. Now they are entitled to have a personal opinion, but they're not entitled to act on it or leave the impression that they acted on it, and I think McCabe did that.



“I think he's part of a group over there that ... they think they're smarter and more virtuous than the American people, and I think it hurt the FBI badly. Mr. McCabe is also … at the present time, playing the role of huckster. He's trying to sell a book, and he was fired for lying to his fellow FBI agents,” he said.

“Now if you and I lied to the FBI we go to jail. If an FBI agent like him lies to the FBI, you get fired,” the senator said.

Host Margaret Brennan noted that McCabe was “dismissed just short of his ability to actually get his pension” in what “some would say it was a politically motivated firing.”

Kennedy said McCabe is lucky he wasn’t prosecuted for perjury for lying to an FBI agent. “He did it repeatedly. Now if you and I do that we go to jail,” he said.


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