Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) reviewed his questioning of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday, adding that it appeared that three FBI officials were “conspiring or plotting” to decide the election.
Here’s the video of Gowdy on Fox News:
Here’s what he said:
“This is a really bad fact pattern,” Gowdy said of the revelations about bias at the FBI and Justice Department.
“I hate it for Rod Rosenstein that he’s the one explaining it because he’s not [FBI official] Peter Strzok, and he’s not [Deputy FBI Director] Andy McCabe, and he’s not [former FBI Director] Jim Comey, so he’s having to do a little bit of clean up,” he explained. “But these are really bad facts if you care about an impartial, objective Department of Justice and FBI.”
“I’m still trying to figure out why three FBI agents are discussing politics in the Deputy Director’s office, because you’re not supposed to discuss politics on federal ground and FBI agents aren’t supposed to engage in politics for Hatch Act reasons,” he added.
Gowdy was referring to texts that show Strzok talking about an “insurance policy” against Trump winning the 2015 election. The text was in a trove of interactions obtained by the media and released Tuesday.
Predicts McCabe will be fired
Gowdy went on to say that he would be surprised if Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe were not fired from his position within the week.
“But the notion that three bureau agents would be conspiring or plotting on how to handle the outcome of a presidential election is the opposite of what you want in an objective, dispassionate, neutral FBI,” he explained.
Mueller in a no-win situation of his own making
Gowdy said that although he defended Mueller before, the special counsel has to explain how he hired people who were so biased against Trump. He added that Mueller was in a no-win situation because both Democrats and Republicans can accuse him of inappropriate behavior depending on what the outcome of his investigation might be.