Rep. Gowdy Still Confident in Mueller Probe, But Wants to See FBI Agent's Allegedly Biased Texts

By Susan Jones | December 7, 2017 | 9:16am EST
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) is a member of the House Intelligence Committee (Photo: Screen grab/C-SPAN)

( - The Department of Justice is reviewing some 10,000 text messages exchanged between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, Fox News reported on Wednesday.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller fired Strzok from his team earlier this year, after learning about anti-Trump, pro-Hillary texts Strzok reportedly sent to Page, with whom he was having an affair.

Strzok is the FBI agent who interviewed Hillary Clinton about her emails, but not under oath. He's also said to be the agent who pressed FBI Director James Comey to soften the language in his July 5 statement exonerating Clinton. (Comey ended up saying that Clinton was "extremely careless" instead of "grossly negligent.")

And Strzok reportedly signed the document launching the FBI investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), a member of the House intelligence committee, told Fox News Wednesday night he's not interested in "purely personal texts," but the committee does want to see anything that might indicate political bias on Strzok's part:

“We are very interested in both anti-Trump and/or pro-Clinton texts. Because....he (Strzok) was a very important agent in her investigation, also in the ongoing Russian related investigation, perhaps the decision for Comey to change the wording in his July 5 statement.

“So he's super important, and people have a right to know whether agents are biased one way or another. So the (Justice) Department is going to go through the texts, and then they're going to make them available to us as soon as they can.”

Gowdy told Fox News's Martha McCallum that he still has confidence in Mueller's investigation and his team:

"But I've got to confess to you, I understand people who think I'm wrong," he said. "I still think that Mueller can produce a product that we all have confidence in, but things like this make it really difficult,” Gowdy said.

“The perception is every bit as important as the reality, and if the perception is, you're employing people who are biased, it makes it really difficult for most of us who would like to defend the integrity of former prosecutors and heads of the FBI."

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