Gowdy, Goodlatte: We'll Subpoena Peter Strzok to Discuss His 'Manifest Animus Towards Donald Trump'

By Susan Jones | June 15, 2018 | 7:09am EDT
Reps. Trey Gowdy, the chairman and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, discussed the IG report with Fox News's Bret Baier. (Photo: Screen capture)

(CNSNews.com) - Reps. Trey Gowdy, the chairman and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, want to hear from the Justice Department inspector general next Tuesday; Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray the week after that; and they've also summoned Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who investigated both the Clinton email case and then the Trump-Russia case until his bias against Donald Trump came to light.

Gowdy and Goodlatte said they intend to subpoena Strzok "shortly" if he doesn't agree to come before a joint congressional hearing:

"Russia did something to our country in 2016. It was serious, it deserved to be investigated, and it deserved to be investigated by a fair FBI agent who was not talking about impeaching the person that he was investigating," Gowdy told Fox News's Brett Baier on Thursday night. "He was so hyper focused on Trump that he ignored the Weiner-Abedin emails, and it caused James Comey to send a letter a month later than he should have sent it.


"The other point, Brett, is this: Why is it our job to prove that Strzok's bias impacted his decision-making? I got a better idea. Strzok, you come before Congress, you come before the American public and prove to us that your manifest animus towards Donald Trump did not affect your decisions."

"Trey is exactly right," Rep. Goodlatte said. "We have been requesting that he be produced as a witness for quite some time now. And if that agreement is not reached we are very shortly going to issue a subpoena for him to appear."

Goodlatte said he and Gowdy have scheduled a joint hearing next Tuesday with Justice Department Inspector-General Michael Horowitz. "The following week, we have already requested the deputy attorney general of the United States, Mr. Rosenstein, and the FBI director Christopher Wray to come forward and talk to us and answer our questions based upon that report."

'Dark day'

Gowdy said the IG's report is "a dark day" for the FBI and DOJ, two institutions in which the American people "desperately" need to have confidence.

And this level of bias and animus, not only did he (Strzok) want to stop the Trump campaign but he wanted to stop the Trump presidency. Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who was on Hillary Clinton's investigation and arguably the lead Russia investigator not only wanted to stop his campaign, but once he won, got on the Mueller probe because he wanted to impeach him.

That is a level of animus and bias that everyone should reject. And Chris Wray, I'm sorry, you're wrong. There are consequences. The consequences are that your fellow citizens question whether or not they can have confidence in the world's premier law enforcement agency and that's coming from someone who has defended them a lot throughout his career. This was a bitterly disappointing report.

Goodlatte: Special treatment for Hillary

"Well, first of all, this report shows that there was special treatment given to Hillary Clinton in the investigation of her case," Goodlatte said, noting that "standard procedures" were not followed.

And there was special treatment given. There's no doubt that this was not a proper process, and the report shows time and time again how Director Comey and others made mistakes, errors in judgment -- or deliberate. People can draw their own conclusions. But it was improperly handled.

And as Trey said, you then put that up against how the investigation has been handled into the so-called Trump-Russia collusion, and you have contrast that is shocking in terms of how they handled one presidential campaign compared to another. It's got to be investigated further, changes have got to be made.

I will compliment Director Wray on some of the personnel changes that have been made, I will compliment him on saying that there's sobering lessons to be learned from this. We need to see changes made so that in 2020 we don't see another presidential campaign handled like this.

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