Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) is a former prosecutor who is well known in Washington for never backing away from a fight. The well-spoken conservative has never lost a case and doesn’t intend to lose the one he now faces with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The fiery congressman is a very vocal member of the House Intelligence Committee. In his capacity he has already threatened to hold both the FBI and the Department of Justice in contempt of Congress for knowingly withholding vital information related to the removal of FBI agent Peter Strzok from Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
It appears both pillars of government are stonewalling what they know. Gowdy, speaking with Martha McCallum on Fox News recently, cited serious “integrity” problems as Strzok was reportedly removed from the investigation team for lambasting the president on text messages with FBI lawyer Lisa Page.
Strzok left behind a trail of over 10,000 text messages that Gowdy demands to be made public. He said, “We met with the Department of Justice and they have to go through the texts.”
The former prosecutor has been a constant thorn in the side of government agencies. He has expressed he will not stop until his demands are met: “We are very interested in both anti-Trump and/or pro-Clinton texts. Because, as he [Strzok] made reference to, he was a very important agent in her [Hillary Clinton’s] investigation, also in the ongoing Russian related investigation, perhaps the decision for Comey [former FBI director] to change the wording in a statement.”
His reference to “wording in a statement” means Comey. He had described former presidential candidate and Secretary of State Clinton’s email investigation as “extremely careless” instead of “grossly negligent” apparently to avoid certain legal ramifications for the former Democratic presidential candidate.
That wording made all the difference in any opportunity to prosecute Ms. Clinton to the fullest extent of the law. Gowdy told McCallum, “He is super important [Strzok] and people have a right to know whether agents are biased one way or another. The department is going to go through the texts to make them available to us as soon as they can.”
Gowdy contends he still is hopeful Mueller can be fair in his investigation. He told McCallum, “I do, but I have got to confess to you, and I understand who think I’m wrong. 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.”
It would appear that an investigation that was initially described as a probe into Russian collusion is spreading out in other directions not specified originally. That was the initial fear of the Trump administration and steps are now in place to bring back the focus.
Dwight L. Schwab, Jr. is an award-winning national political and foreign affairs columnist and published author. He has spent over 35 years in the publishing industry. His long-running articles include many years at Examiner.com and currently Newsblaze.com. Dwight is an author of two highly acclaimed books, "Redistribution of Common Sense - Selected Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014" and "The Game Changer - America's Most Stunning Election in History." He is a native of Portland, Oregon, a journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, and a resident of the SF Bay Area. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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