Schumer Rejects Calls to Defund FBI

( – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has rejected Donald Trump’s call to defund the FBI, saying such a move would be “dangerous.” Schumer introduced a resolution to the Senate on April 18th asking lawmakers to condemn Trump’s remarks. 

“Today I’ll be introducing a resolution denouncing the former president’s call to cut funding to our federal law enforcement, and senators will have to choose between standing with President Trump and his dangerous, dangerous view that we ought to cut funding for law enforcement,” Schumer said. However, in 2020, he refused to back a similar resolution opposing cuts to police.

Following the Black Lives Matter riots that erupted when suspect George Floyd died at the hands of Minneapolis police, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark) put forward a motion calling on Congress to reject demands to reduce funding for police. Schumer opposed the proposed resolution, saying it was all “rhetoric, and no action.”

The Majority Leader’s current resolution was prompted by President Trump’s call to defund both the Department of Justice and the FBI. Several senior Republicans accuse the federal agencies of weaponizing the criminal justice system to silence conservative voices. The accusations were ramped up when Twitter CEO Elon Musk exposed collusion between the FBI and the social media giant to censor stories with the potential to impact negatively on Biden’s 2020 Presidential campaign. 

Trump called for defunding in early April after pleading not guilty to 34 felony charges initiated by the Democrat Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. While the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) are not involved in the Manhattan indictment, the former President is under is currently under two separate investigations by the DOJ. 

Special counsel Jack Smith is leading a probe into Trump’s handling of the classified documents that were found during an FBI raid of his Florida home. Smith is also heading an investigation into the former President’s response to the 2020 Presidential election. Trump called Smith a “radical left lunatic.”

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