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Trey Gowdy: Anti-Trump Bias in FBI Can't Be Put Aside

Trey Gowdy: Anti-Trump Bias in FBI Can't Be Put Aside
Rep. Trey Gowdy (Getty Images)

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 11:09 AM

Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy attacked the Justice Department's inspector general for his "attempts to mitigate" anti-Trump bias in the FBI, as House members held a politically charged hearing on the watchdog's 500-page report.

"Bias and fairness cannot co-exist," Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said Tuesday. Evidence of prejudice against Donald Trump within the FBI "conjure anger, disappointment and sadness to everyone who reads it."

It was a challenge to Inspector General Michael Horowitz's finding that bias he found among at least five FBI officials didn't affect decisions in the investigation of Democrat Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when she was secretary of state. House members divided along party lines Tuesday, as senators did in questioning Horowitz a day earlier.

Even though Horowitz's report issued last week dealt solely with the Clinton probe, Trump claimed vindication in the report for his assertion that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is engaged in a "witch hunt" in the continuing inquiry into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election campaign, whether anyone close to Trump colluded in it and whether Trump sought to obstruct justice.

But Democrats underscored Tuesday that the report – on actions taken before Mueller was appointed – didn't find that the FBI "plotted against" Trump's election, as Representative Jerrold Nadler, the Judiciary Committee's top Democrat, said.

"President Trump, Rudy Giuliani and some of my Republican colleagues are desperate to make that leap. Who wouldn't be, in their position, with 23 indictments and the president's campaign manager in jail?" Nadler said. "But their argument is based on innuendo, not on the facts, and certainly not on this report."

Representative Elijah Cummings, the Oversight and Government Reform panel's top Democrat, said in his statement that "the Republicans are now tripling down – threatening to impeach" Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

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Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy attacked the Justice Department's inspector general for his "attempts to mitigate" anti-Trump bias in the FBI, as House members held a politically charged hearing on the watchdog's 500-page report.
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