During the hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) called the Department of Justice and the FBI "hatchet men" for the "most effective oppo research dump in history."
Questioning Inspector General Michael Horowitz on his report about the alleged abused of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act by the two departments, Cruz accused the departments of having ulterior motives.
"The Department of Justice and the FBI did not tell the court that this entire operation was funded by the DNC. It was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and by Democrats," Cruz said. "It was an oppo research dump. Look, at some level this was the most effective oppo research dump in history, because the Department of Justice and FBI were perfectly happy to be hatchet men for this oppo research dump."
Cruz relied on his past experience to further criticize the departments.
"And I can tell you from my time at the Department of Justice, and from my time in law enforcement, any responsible leader when hearing that you're talking about sending in spies, and sending in a wiretap on any presidential nominee should say: ‘What in the h--- are we doing?' And by the way, the people up the chain who are saying, ‘we didn't know,' if you had responsible leadership there's no more important decision that you make," Cruz said. "I can tell you, when I was at DOJ, if someone said let's tap Hillary Clinton or Bill Clinton or John Kerry, the people there would have said, ‘What in the h--- are you talking about?' What was going on here? This wasn't Jason Bourne. This was Beavis and Butthead."
Read Cruz's full line of questioning here.
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