Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), a former FBI agent turned congressman, appeared on CNN’s “New Day” on Saturday where he defended the decision of the FBI to open an investigation into Donald Trump after he fired former Director James Comey.
“Two things you want to look for there,” Fitzpatrick told CNN host Victor Blackwell. “I haven’t seen the New York Times story yet. But there are assessments and preliminary inquiries, which have limited scope and full field investigations. That’s the first thing. The second thing is, any time an investigation is opened on an elected official, member of the media, member of the clergy, they are put in a sort of a separate category called SINS, sensitive investigations that require the highest level of approval.”
“In this case, it would have been, in all likelihood, the deputy director at the time, Andy McCabe and requires coordination with the DOJ and the deputy attorney general, at which point it would have been Rod Rosenstein,” he added. “So it sort of raises more questions.”
He then defended the decision to go forward with the investigation saying, “These are not opened on a whim.”
The Republican lawmaker went on to defend special counsel Robert Mueller and said he also backs his investigation.
“I think one of the reasons all members of Congress should be supporting the Mueller investigation — he was my former boss at the FBI — he’s going to do a very thorough job, no doubt,” he said.
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