CNN Chief National Affairs Correspondent Jeff Zeleny said during a broadcast of CNN’s “Inside Politics” that it was “depressing” that Republicans are questioning the FBI.
“It’s stunning really when you think from the campaign cycles gone back — gone by, that Republicans are questioning and sort of anti-law enforcement,” Zeleny said.
“It’s just — it’s sort of mind-bending that we are at this point, but we absolutely are. And at every Republican campaign event, every Republican candidate really running for office at any level, there is this skepticism built in of the FBI, of the government, of law enforcement, because of Donald Trump.”
“I mean, that’s what we’re talking about. So, this is a manifestation of the Trump era here,” Zeleny added.
“Look, I’m not sure anything was accomplished this morning in terms of advancing the ball at all with the — aside from just question after question being asked about this,’ Zeleny continued.
“It’s almost a Republican candidate has to do this now. They have to question the FBI, but never mind the people who are actually working in the FBI, there are — a couple of them get headlines for some of their roles in investigating the former President, but the vast majority of them are hardworking Americans, many Republicans, some Democrats, etc., some non-partisan, and it’s a little depressing, I think.”
Zeleny’s remarks come on the heels of Matt Gaetz’s questioning of FBI Director Chris Wray during his Wednesday hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.
Gaetz started his questioning with an allegation that Hunter Biden sent a WhatsApp message demanding money from a Chinese business contact while invoking his father.
“Sounds like a shakedown, doesn’t it, Director?” Matt Gaetz asked Chris Wray.
“I’m not going to get into commenting on that,” Wray replied.
Gaetz responded, “You seem deeply uncurious about it, don’t you? Almost suspiciously uncurious. Are you protecting the Bidens?”