For conservatives at CPAC, the FBI is Public Enemy No. 1

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The Conservative Political Action Conference has an enemies list: The FBI, the Justice Department and special counsel Robert Mueller.

"Even the FBI is not free of its own corruption and its own unethical agents," National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said in a speech from the main stage Thursday at this major gathering of conservatives not far from the nation's capital, hinting at alleged anti-Donald Trump bias among agency leaders during the 2016 election and the Russia investigation.

"I can understand a few bad apples in organizations as large as the FBI," he said, "but what's hard to understand is why no one at the FBI stood up and called BS on its rogue leadership."

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A man wearing a stars and stripes jacket tends a booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 22, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
A man in Revolutionary War era attire chats at a booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 22, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
A Turning Point USA booth is tended at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 22, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 22, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
A woman shops for Trump merchandise at the Official Trump Store at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 22, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Attendees sign up for NRA memberships at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 22, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
A young girl wears patriotic boots and leggings at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 22, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
White House Counsel Don McGahn speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 22, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Marion Marechal-Le Pen, niece of right-wing populist French politician Marine Le Pen, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 22, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Marion Marechal-Le Pen, niece of right-wing populist French politician Marine Le Pen, waves after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 22, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
National Rifle Association (NRA) spokeswoman Dana Loesch speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 22, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 22, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 22: Dick Heller, the plaintiff of the 2008 U.S. Supreme Court case District of Columbia v. Heller that struck down provisions of the Firearms Control Regulations Act of 1975 that banned handguns and required legally-owned rifles and shotguns be kept 'unloaded and disassembled or bound by a trigger lock' in Washington, DC, attends CPAC 2018 February 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. The American Conservative Union hosted its annual Conservative Political Action Conference to discuss conservative agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 22: Republican U.S. Senate candidate for Arizona Kelli Ward attends CPAC 2018 February 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. The American Conservative Union hosted its annual Conservative Political Action Conference to discuss conservative agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 22: Toy gun souvenirs and candies are placed on a table for grabs during CPAC 2018 February 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. The American Conservative Union hosted its annual Conservative Political Action Conference to discuss conservative agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 22: Political merchandise are seen during CPAC 2018 February 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. The American Conservative Union hosted its annual Conservative Political Action Conference to discuss conservative agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 22: 'Pro-Freedom Pro-Life' buttons are seen during CPAC 2018 February 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. The American Conservative Union hosted its annual Conservative Political Action Conference to discuss conservative agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 22: A woman reads a flyer in front of a cardboard cutout of independent U.S. Senate candidate for Massachusetts Shiva Ayyadurai during CPAC 2018 February 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. The American Conservative Union hosted its annual Conservative Political Action Conference to discuss conservative agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 22: Buttons of possible 2020 presidential contenders, including U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), New York State Gov. Chris Cuomo and former Vice President Joseph Biden, are seen during CPAC 2018 February 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. The American Conservative Union hosted its annual Conservative Political Action Conference to discuss conservative agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 22: An attendee checks his phone in front of a CPAC 2018 sign during CPAC 2018 February 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. The American Conservative Union hosted its annual Conservative Political Action Conference to discuss conservative agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 22: The booth of National Rifle Association (NRA) is seen during CPAC 2018 February 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. The American Conservative Union hosted its annual Conservative Political Action Conference to discuss conservative agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 22: Attendees pass by a CPAC sign during CPAC 2018 February 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. The American Conservative Union hosted its annual Conservative Political Action Conference to discuss conservative agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 22: David Clarke, former Milwaukee Sheriff, is interviewed during the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort in Oxon Hill, Md., on February 22, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, speaks during a discussion at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. The list of speakers at CPAC that opens today includes two European nativists who will address the gathering between panels and events on the dangers of immigration, Sharia law and lawless government agencies. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Andrew Bremberg, assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump and White House director of the Domestic Policy Council, listens during a panel discussion at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. The list of speakers at CPAC that opens today includes two European nativists who will address the gathering between panels and events on the dangers of immigration, Sharia law and lawless government agencies. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An attendee wears an American flag themed jacket while looking at his mobile phone at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. The list of speakers at CPAC that opens today includes two European nativists who will address the gathering between panels and events on the dangers of immigration, Sharia law and lawless government agencies. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 22: Martha Stamp applauds Vice President Mike Pence during the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort in Oxon Hill, Md., on February 22, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 22: Students from the University of Connecticut applaud Vice President Mike Pence during the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort in Oxon Hill, Md., on February 22, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 22: Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association, addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort in Oxon Hill, Md., on February 22, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Nigel Farage, former leader of the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP), attends the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. The list of speakers at CPAC that opens today includes two European nativists who will address the gathering between panels and events on the dangers of immigration, Sharia law and lawless government agencies. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 22: Vice President Mike Pence greets his wife, Karen, before he addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort in Oxon Hill, Md., on February 22, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 22: Attendees listen to the national anthem during CPAC 2018 February 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. The American Conservative Union hosted its annual Conservative Political Action Conference to discuss conservative agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 22: William Temple of Brunswick, Georgia, dresses as 1st and 6th Governor of Virginia Patrick Henry, participates in an opening prayer during CPAC 2018 February 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. The American Conservative Union hosted its annual Conservative Political Action Conference to discuss conservative agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 22: Attendees listen to the national anthem during CPAC 2018 February 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. The American Conservative Union hosted its annual Conservative Political Action Conference to discuss conservative agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
An attendee wears a hat displaying Donald Trump campaign stickers during a prayer at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. The list of speakers at CPAC that opens today includes two European nativists who will address the gathering between panels and events on the dangers of immigration, Sharia law and lawless government agencies. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An attendee wears an 'I Stand' hat during the Pledge of Allegiance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. The list of speakers at CPAC that opens today includes two European nativists who will address the gathering between panels and events on the dangers of immigration, Sharia law and lawless government agencies. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An attendee stands during the Pledge of Allegiance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. The list of speakers at CPAC that opens today includes two European nativists who will address the gathering between panels and events on the dangers of immigration, Sharia law and lawless government agencies. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An attendee wears a '45' hat representing U.S. President Donald Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. The list of speakers at CPAC that opens today includes two European nativists who will address the gathering between panels and events on the dangers of immigration, Sharia law and lawless government agencies. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An attendee wears a U.S. President Donald Trump yarmulke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. The list of speakers at CPAC that opens today includes two European nativists who will address the gathering between panels and events on the dangers of immigration, Sharia law and lawless government agencies. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Attendees stand during the Pledge of Allegiance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. The list of speakers at CPAC that opens today includes two European nativists who will address the gathering between panels and events on the dangers of immigration, Sharia law and lawless government agencies. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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For much of America, the FBI, DOJ and Mueller represent the government's most esteemed law enforcement agencies and professionals — the nation's best effort to dig for the truth, detail evidence and prosecute bad actors in pursuit of protecting Americans from both physical harm and damage to the institutions of a democratic republic.

But that's not how conservatives see it.

CPAC attendees speak of a conspiracy within the elite levels of the justice system that is aimed at undermining Trump, as well as incompetence at a bureau that admitted to failing to follow up on a tip that might have prevented a Parkland, Fla., school shooting that claimed 17 lives last week.

Their complaints echo the lines of argument forwarded by Trump, NRA officials and television talk-show hosts like FOX News' Sean Hannity, who recently said some DOJ and FBI officials "must be held accountable, they must be investigated, they must be indicted, and probably many of them thrown in jail."

The case against the feds

The first charge: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who will be giving a major address to CPAC on Saturday, recently released a White House-declassified report charging that federal officials improperly used an anti-Trump dossier compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele to justify surveillance of Carter Page, who served as a foreign policy aide to Trump during the campaign.

"We had one candidate and her party basically buy an illegal surveillance warrant against a member of the other candidate's team," Sebastian Gorka, a former Trump White House national security official, told the audience here.

At CPAC, the story is one of the elites at Justice and the FBI forming a cabal to take down Trump.

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Donald Trump and his girlfriend Melania Knauss arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar party at Morton's restaurant in West Hollywood, California, February 29, 2004. REUTERS/Ethan Miller REUTERS EM/AS
Real estate tycoon Donald Trump and his friend Melania Knauss pose for photographers as they arrive at the New York premiere of Star Wars Episode I: "The Phantom Menace," May 16. JC/SV/AA
From left, Billy Crystal, host of the 76th annual Academy Awards, his wife Janice Goldfinger, Melania Knauss and her boyfriend Donald Trump, pose together as they leave the Vanity Fair Oscar party at Morton's restaurant in West Hollywood, California, early March 1, 2004. REUTERS/Ethan Miller EM
Developer Donald Trump (R) and his girlfriend Melania Knauss pose for photographers after the final show of "The Apprentice" April 15, 2004 in New York. Bill Rancic, a 32-year-old Internet entrepreneur from Chicago, edged out Kwame Jackson, a 29-year-old New Yorker and Harvard MBA, for the Trump-described "dream job of a lifetime" and its $250,000 salary. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen JC
Donald Trump's new bride, Slovenian model Melania Knauss, waves as they leave the Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church after their wedding in Palm Beach, Florida, January 22, 2005. REUTERS/Gary I Rothstein
Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs (R) accepts an award from the Rush Philanthropic Foundation for his efforts to support public education and dedication to youth and social activism, from Donald Trump and his wife Melania (L) at Trump's Trumps Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida on March 11, 2005. REUTERS/Jason Arnold MS
Donald Trump and his wife Melania Kanauss watch the Miami Heat play the New York Knicks in the first quarter of their NBA game in New York's Madison Square Garden, March 15, 2005. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine RFS
Donald Trump (L) and his wife Melania arrive at the Museum of Modern Art for a reception in honor of Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in New York November 1, 2005. The Royals are on the first day of an eight-day visit to the U.S. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn
Donald Trump arrives with wife Melania at a reception in honor of Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, November 1, 2005. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Donald Trump (L) and his wife Melania (R) arrive at the Museum of Modern Art for a reception in honor of Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in New York, November 1, 2005. The royals are on the first day of an eight-day visit to the U.S. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn
Real estate tycoon Donald Trump and his wife Melania attend a Miami Heat against the Los Angeles Lakers NBA game on Christmas Day in Miami, Florida, December 25, 2005. REUTERS/Marc Serota
Donald Trump stands next to his wife Melania and their son Barron before he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles January 16, 2007. REUTERS/Chris Pizzello (UNITED STATES)
Real estate magnate and television personality Donald Trump and his wife Melania stand on the red carpet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit celebrating the opening of the exhibition "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" in New York May 2, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT FASHION BUSINESS)
Businessman and real estate developer Donald Trump and his wife Melania watch Rafael Nadal of Spain play against Tommy Robredo during their men's quarter-final match at the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York September 4, 2013. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS ENTERTAINMENT REAL ESTATE BUSINESS)
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (2nd from L) watches with his wife Melania as Serena Williams of the U.S. plays against her sister and compatriot Venus Williams in their quarterfinals match at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 8, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump kisses his wife Melania as he speaks at a campaign rally on caucus day in Waterloo, Iowa February 1, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks as his wife Melania listens at a campaign rally on caucus day in Waterloo, Iowa February 1, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
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(L-R) Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Tiffany Trump and Ivanka Trump attend an official ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Trump International Hotel in Washington U.S., October 26, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump cuts the ribbon at his new Trump International hotel in Washington, DC, U.S., October 26 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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Republican U.S. President-elect Donald Trump kisses his wife Melania at his election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania take part in a Make America Great Again welcome concert in Washington, U.S. January 19, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend the Liberty Ball in honor of his inauguration in Washington, U.S. January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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The idea is that there are holdovers from the Obama era, hires to Mueller's team and various others who have made it their mission to stop Trump — from the time he was a candidate through his presidency to date.

One FBI agent detailed to Mueller's team, Peter Strzok, was moved to another job after the revelation of anti-Trump text messages he'd exchanged with his lover, a Justice Department lawyer. Strzok had also worked on the bureau's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email scandal during the 2016 campaign.

That's all part of an ongoing Justice Department inspector general's inquiry, which is looking into whether agency officials acted improperly in the Clinton case. Conservatives hope that it will show there was an effort inside the FBI to help the Democratic nominee.

For now, they say, there is already plenty of reason to be wary of leaders at the FBI and Justice.

"We can't have confidence in them right now. They have violated their own rules," said Sidney Powell, a former Justice Department official who served on a panel here about the politicization of prosecutions. "There are probably 10 people in the upper parts of both" agencies who "need to be fired" and perhaps "need to be prosecuted."

Others say it's the FBI that bears blame for not only the Parkland shooting but several other massacres in recent years.

"My condemnation is for those at the FBI — I know there are good FBI agents there — who dropped the ball eight separate times with catastrophic consequences," NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch said before pointing her finger at former FBI Director James Comey, whom she portrayed as a pawn of Hillary Clinton and Obama administration Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

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Participants of the ""Launch Event Women's Entrepreneur Finance Initiative", among them (L-R) Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, US President Donald Trump,, the daughter of the US President Ivanka Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend the "Women's Entrepreneurship Finance Event" at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017. REUTERS/Patrik STOLLARZ/Pool
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U.S. President Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump walk toward Air Force One as they depart Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, U.S., June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
White House senior advisor Jared Kushner (top L) and his wife Ivanka Trump (top C) look on as U.S. President Donald Trump and the first lady Melania Trump participate in a wreath-laying at the Yad Vashem holocaust memorial in Jerusalem May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump (R), joined by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, his daughter Ivanka Trump and his granddaughter Arabella Kushner, gives a fist-pump when schoolchildren tell him their two goals are "college and heaven" during a visit to their classroom at Saint Andrew Catholic School in Orlando, Florida, U.S. March 3, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Donald Trump greets his daughters Tiffany and Ivanka during inauguration ceremonies to be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump kisses his daughter Ivanka Trump as they attend a campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S. November 7, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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"Maybe if you politicized your agency less and did your job more, we wouldn't have these problems," Loesch added.

In a Tweet earlier this week, Trump tied the Florida shooting to the federal Russia investigation in a similar manner.

Trump's team and the NRA have taken on the FBI and the Justice Department despite — or perhaps because — they are both currently under investigation. In addition to Mueller's Russia probe, which has already netted a string of convictions and indictments, the FBI is investigating whether a Russian banker illegally funneled money through the NRA to aid Trump's electoral effort, according to the McClatchy news service.

'Clean house'

Most of the leaders at the CPAC convention are careful to distinguish between the political appointees of the agencies — which have been under Trump's control for more than a year now — and the rank-and-file.

"It's always been more about the political leadership" for conservative activists, said former Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich. "They trust the FBI."

But LaPIerre specifically called out what he said were corrupt and unethical agents. And a recent SurveyMonkey poll for Axios showed that 47 percent of Republicans have an unfavorable view of the FBI, compared to 38 percent who have a favorable view.

Kenneth Hollingsworth, a 64-year-old doctor from Wyoming, Del., who is attending CPAC, said he is "disappointed with the leadership" of the FBI.

"They need to clean house," he said.

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