Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said on Fox News that reports of the FBI’s anti-Trump bias has left Robert Mueller’s Russia probe “really hard… to defend,” according to BizPacReview.
Gowdy went on to say that the counsel faces “integrity” issues, specifically following reports that former agent Peter Strzok was fired over the summer for sending anti-Trump texts to his mistress, and that the public hadn’t heard about it.
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“We met with the department of justice … and they have to go through the texts,” Gowdy said.
He then explained the Intelligence Committee’s interest in the Strzok text messages.
“We are not entitled to them, nor do we have an interest in purely personal texts. We are very interested in both anti-Trump and/or pro-Clinton texts. Because, as he made reference to, he was a very important agent in her investigation, also in the ongoing Russian related investigation, perhaps the decision for Comey to change the wording in a statement.”
Gowdy’s reference to “wording in a statement” points to other reports this week that revealed Strzok had suggested former FBI Director James Comey use the term “extremely careless” rather than “grossly negligent” when announcing the results of the email investigation. The change is notable because the latter carries legal ramifications, whereas the former does not.
“He is super important and people have a right to know whether agents are biased one way or another. The department is going to go through the texts been going to make them available to us as soon as they can.”
Martha MacCallum asked Gowdy if he had any faith left in the Mueller probe after recent reports.
“I do,” he said. “But I got to confess to you, and I understand people who think I’m wrong.”
He went on:
“I got an email last night from a friend back home saying, ‘Look, Gowdy, let go of the prosecutor stuff.’ I still think that Mueller can produce a product that we all have confidence in, but things like this, make it really difficult — the perception is, is every bit as important as the reality, and if the perception is, you’re employing people who are biased, it makes us really difficult for those of us that would like to defend the integrity of former prosecutors.”
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