Maryland Gov. Wes Moore said Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s recent criticism of the FBI amid its investigation into former-President Donald Trump’s handling of sensitive government documents should play a role in which state is picked for the new FBI headquarters building.
“From my understanding, I’m the only chief executive of the two states that actually says, I believe in the mission of the FBI and I don’t believe it should be defunded — the only one,” Moore told WTOP’s DMV Download podcast.
In the wake of the indictment against Trump, the FBI has come under heavy criticism of Republicans in Congress — some of whom are threatening to pull funding for a new FBI building.
So far, Youngkin hasn’t joined the chorus of GOP members seeking to defund the agency. But the Virginia governor did criticize the FBI when it searched Mar-a-Lago last summer. In a tweet, he said, “selective, politically motivated actions have no place in our democracy.”
For Moore, this lack of push back from Youngkin on calls to defund the FBI should give the Government Services Administration pause on picking Virginia for the FBI headquarters.