Earlier this week, it was announced that FBI operative Peter Strzok was fired after allegations surfaced that he held and acted on biases against President Donald Trump. This was particularly disturbing, since Strzok played a key role in several investigations with the potential to directly or indirectly impact Trump, his campaign or his presidency.
Western Journalism reported that Strzok’s anti-Trump bias was revealed in text messages that have not been released to the public. While the liberal media would like us to forget this ever happened, House Oversight Committee Chair Trey Gowdy wants to know what exactly was in these texts.
“People have the right to assume that people who are investigating them are objective and have not already made up their minds,” Gowdy said. “That’s why we need to see the text and interview this special agent.”
.@TGowdySC: “People have the right to assume that people who are investigating them are objective and have not already made up their minds. That’s why we need to see the text and interview this special agent.” pic.twitter.com/6uq2UhPdhM
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) December 5, 2017
Strzok had led the FBI’s interview of Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security advisor, who last week pleaded guilty to lying to the agency about his previous communications with a Russian diplomat. The FBI agent also played a major role in the agency’s investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server for official government business.
During last year’s election, Strzok reportedly changed then-FBI Director James Comey’s initial statement about Clinton’s actions from “grossly negligent” to merely “extremely careless.” This is notable because the former phrase could have resulted in criminal charges while the latter did not.
Strzok’s involvement in these investigations is why Gowdy is calling for transparency.
“That’s why we need to see the text and interview this special agent,” he said.
Earlier this week, President Trump himself took to Twitter to criticize the FBI over the controversy surrounding Strzok.
“Report: ‘ANTI-TRUMP FBI AGENT LED CLINTON EMAIL PROBE’ Now it all starts to make sense!” Trump wrote.
Report: “ANTI-TRUMP FBI AGENT LED CLINTON EMAIL PROBE” Now it all starts to make sense!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2017
Trump also claimed the FBI’s reputation was “in tatters” and at its lowest point in history. Gowdy appeared to agree with these sentiments.
“The bureau has had a really bad last 18 months,” he said, “and this makes it worse, frankly.”
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