Remember when Rep. Trey Gowdy inexplicably said that he didn’t think that the FBI had acted inappropriately in Spygate, in the spying of the Trump team during the election?
Well, he just went to town on the FBI, ripping them and the DOJ for the bombshell information coming out in the IG report, which is dropping today.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy released the following statement after the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report on FBI and DOJ actions in advance of the 2016 election.
“I am alarmed, angered, and deeply disappointed by the Inspector General’s finding of numerous failures by DOJ and FBI in investigating potential Espionage Act violations by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The former federal prosecutor said the report revealed that the Clinton email investigative decisions deviated from normal procedures. “This is not the way normal investigations are run.”
The investigation was mishandled. The investigatory conclusions were reached before the end of the witness interviews. The July 5th press conference marked a serious violation of policy and process. And the letters to Congress in the fall of 2016 were both delayed in substance and unnecessary in form.
Moreover, the treatment afforded to former Secretary Clinton and other potential subjects and targets was starkly different from the FBI’s investigation into Trump campaign officials. Voluntariness and consent in the former were replaced with search warrants, subpoenas, and other compulsory processes in the latter. Many of the investigators and supervisors were the same in both investigations but the investigatory tactics were not.
Then he zeroed in on former FBI Director James Comey who he said “violated Department policy in several significant ways” and Peter Strzok whose “manifest bias” casts a “pall” over the investigation and was “so pernicious and malignant” as to taint the process.
He said, “This is not the FBI I know. This is not the FBI our country needs. This is not the FBI citizens and suspects alike deserve.”
He then called upon Attorney General Sessions and Director Wray “to take decisive action to restore Americans’ confidence in our justice system.”