Rep. Matt Gaetz, after hearing interviews this week in the Judiciary Committee's investigation into how investigations were conducted into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, said Friday that his impression is that there was an "extreme" bias that benefited her.
"I can certainly say that my impression after these interviews is that there was extreme pro Hillary Clinton bias that benefited her in this investigation, and she received special treatment as a consequence of her candidacy for president," the Florida Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program. "That shouldn't happen. The law should apply equally to all Americans whether political candidates or not. We need to institute reforms through the Judiciary Committee for more oversight and transparency so it never happens again."
Gaetz made his comments after his committee grilled Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who was also questioned by members of the House Intelligence Committee concerning the Clinton investigation.
The lawmaker confirmed that the Judiciary Committee is engaged in investigating the handling of Clinton's email scandal and any potential investigations of the Clinton Foundation "and the handling of bribes or other types of improper payments."
There is email evidence, hie continued, from McCabe indicating that "Hillary Clinton was going to get a 'HQ special, a headquarter special.'"
"The field office procedures weren't followed, and a small group of people that had a pro-Hillary Clinton bias, who had a direct role in changing the outcome of that investigation from one that likely should have been criminal to one where she was able to walk," Gaetz said. "I think we have to ensure that never happens again, That the same processes that would apply to any American would also apply to people who were running for president of the United States."
Meanwhile, Gaetz predicted that within the first quarter of next year, there will be a conclusion establishing that there was "absolutely no collusion" between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia.
"It may take some time beyond that to ensconce the reforms at the FBI and Department of Justice so that we don't have circumstances that leave America vulnerable to this type of political takeover of these critical institutions."
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