Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw calls GOP demands to defund FBI 'completely wrong'

Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw calls GOP demands to defund FBI 'completely wrong'
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WASHINGTON – Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw denounced fellow Republicans who are calling for the FBI to be defunded amid the search at former President Donald Trump's home. And he said a majority of the GOP doesn’t agree with that tactic.

"No, it's completely wrong, right? It's – that's completely wrong. But that's not where 99 percent of Republicans are at, of course," Crenshaw said in an interview with CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday.

The evening after the Mar-a-Lago search, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., called for the FBI to be defunded in a tweet. She's repeated the demand since. The week before the search, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., said at a CPAC meeting in Dallas that he wanted to defund the FBI and the Justice Department for how people charged in relation to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack have been treated, reports from Vice and MSNBC said.

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Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill on July 22, 2020.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill on July 22, 2020.

Crenshaw compared Greene's comments tothose of New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's asking to defund the police.

"It makes us seem like extremist Democrats, right? Crenshaw said. "And so Marjorie and AOC can go join the defund the law enforcement club if they want. Ninety-nine percent of Republicans are not on that train."

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From Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, federal agents on Aug. 8 took boxes that had 11 sets of classified documents. According to a search warrant and property receipt released on Aug. 12, some documents were categorized as "secret" or "top secret."

A federal judge signed off on a search warrant, giving the FBI permission to look for evidence of criminal violations of the Espionage Act, mishandling defense documents and obstruction of justice.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Dan Crenshaw denounces as 'wrong' Republicans calls to defund FBI