Senator Mike Lee says the FBI faces a “possible reorganization” to oust politics from headquarters

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said the FBI could face a “potential reorganization” to oust politics within the organization.

“Most FBI agents are still good and decent and not politically motivated. We have issues at headquarters, and we have issues that I think will require a legislative response and a possible restructuring,” Lee said on Sunday, speaking on Fox News Morning Futures with host Maria Bartiromo.

Bartiromo listed several issues that FBI whistleblowers have raised the alarm about in recent years, including: abuse of law enforcement agencies; downplaying the “crimes of Hunter Biden”; the raid on former President Donald Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago; and the spate of domestic extremist violence.

Lee said Congress needed to “hold a series of hearings and actually seek answers” from FBI officials about such concerns.

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Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, speaks during a press conference in the Capitol on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, speaks during a press conference in the Capitol on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.
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“We have questions that have gone unanswered for years. From the abuse of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, to unanswered questions about the Mar-a-Lago raid, to unanswered questions about why the Attorney General of the United States saw fit to issue a letter, a memorandum, in essentially mothers and fathers who are concerned about what their children are learning in public schools are being accused of being some sort of domestic terrorist,” Lee said of the FBI.

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FBI agents approach a crime scene

FBI agents approach a crime scene
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“We will ask questions in these hearings. Once we answer those questions, we’ll move on to the next phase,” the Utah Republican said, noting that the next phase could involve restructuring.

Lee faces an election Tuesday against independent candidate Evan McMullin. He added during his Fox News interview that he was positive about his race and expected a “red wave.”

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A "Vote here" Sign outside the polling station at the 3rd and Court Fire Station in Reading, Pennsylvania, Tuesday morning, May 18, 2021.

A “Vote Here” sign outside the polling station at the 3rd and Court Fire Station in Reading, Pennsylvania Tuesday morning, May 18, 2021.
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“I feel very good about the race. We are cautiously optimistic and do not take anything for granted. And I agree with you, there’s going to be a red wave election, and I can’t wait. I can’t wait to get things back the way they’re meant to be done,” he said.

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