FBI officials were biased against Trump in investigation
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said that the recent explosive IG report on the handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe will help President Trump expose them.
Gowdy was asked om “Fox News Sunday” if the reports help Trump, to which he replied, “it certainly helps him.”
Gowdy said the report proved that officials who were part of the Hillary Clinton private email server investigation were biased against Trump.
“The same people, the same players that were involved in the Clinton probe later moved to the Russian probe. [Former CIA Director] John Brennan, who said he should be in the dustpan of history, [former FBI Director] Jim Comey, who said impeachment was too good of a remedy, [former Attorney General] Loretta Lynch, who wanted Hillary Clinton to win,” Gowdy said.
The Hill Reports: In a pair of freewheeling interviews from the White House Lawn on Friday, Trump told Fox News the report had cleared his name — even though that was not one of its conclusions or purposes.
“I think that the report yesterday, maybe more important than anything, it totally exonerates me,” Trump said in the second interview.
The report, however, focused on the FBI’s probe into Clinton’s emails and did not touch upon the origins of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Gowdy went on to target FBI agent Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page, who was revealed in the report to have sent a series of inflammatory text messages about Trump.
“[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” Page texted Strzok in August 2016.
“No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it,” Strzok responded.
Gowdy said the messages were proof of bias against Trump.
“And then we have Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the two FBI employees,” Gowdy said. “This is what is most important to me, those two presumed and pronounced Clinton’s innocence before her investigation ended and they presumed and pronounced Donald Trump’s guilt before the investigation even began.”
“So when you have that pervasiveness of bias, yes it is going to help the person complaining about the investigation,” Gowdy added.
The inspector general did not find that the conduct potential political bias of Strzok and Page “directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed.”
But, the report noted, “the conduct by these employees cast a cloud over the entire FBI investigation.”