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Rep. Trey Gowdy: ‘Mueller had some hiring failures of epic proportions’

Say what you want about Trey Gowdy, but the South Carolina congressman says it like it is. Gowdy told Fox News that texts exchanged between Peter Strzok, the FBI agent dismissed from the Russia probe over anti-Trump bias, and his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, evinced a “stunning” level of bias that was deeply troubling.

Gowdy was particularly distressed by a text sent by Strzok in which the agent said he wouldn’t be interested in joining the Trump investigation unless there was evidence against the president, and yet Strzok was put on to Mueller’s investigation. Gowdy concluded that “Mueller had some hiring failures of epic proportions.”

Gowdy, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, has been critical of the FBI and DOJ as evidence continues to mount of anti-Trump bias in the intelligence community.

FBI texts show “stunning” bias

Gowdy appeared on Fox News to discuss the texts, one of which mentioned a “secret society.”

“It’s the day after the election and it’s the same two people who were discussing a little bit later in the texts the damage they had done with the Clinton investigation and how they could ‘fix it’ and make it right,” Gowdy said. “That is a level of bias that is stunning among law enforcement officers.”

Fox anchor Sandra Smith read to Gowdy a paraphrased version of a text sent by Strzok to Page that was found and read by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) on a local radio broadcast.

“You and I both know the odds are nothing – if I thought it was likely, I’d be there no question. I hesitate in part because my gut sense and concern is there’s no big ‘there’ there,” Strzok’s text read.

Gowdy told Fox News that he was disturbed that Strzok and Page were not interested in an investigation if it meant that Trump would be cleared:

“I don’t know how much damage they did. It’s really not my job to prove that. That’s [Inspector General] Michael Horowitz and Jeff Sessions’ job to find out much damage these two agents and others did. But I care about the Department of Justice and the FBI, and it breaks my heart that we are having to have this conversation about two agents that only wanted to get the president, they didn’t have any interest in clearing him.”

“I don’t know a cop that is not equally interested in clearing the innocent as they are getting the bad guys,” he added.

Vanished texts “concerning”

The congressman also said he was upset and distressed by the mysterious “loss” of five months worth of texts exchanged between Strzok and Page.

“We need to know how the world’s premier law enforcement agency managed to lose five months’ worth of texts,” he said.

Also concerning were texts in which Strzok and Page discussed how to avoid texts being retained.

Gowdy tweeted that the timing of the missing texts, which range December 2016 to May 2017 was especially concerning. That date range is a “really important time period”, he told Smith.

The timing of the “‘there’ there” text, sent on May 19, 2017, just two days after Robert Mueller was appointed as Special Counsel, was equally troubling to Gowdy.

In an update on the missing texts, the Inspector General announced this morning in a letter to Congress that forensic experts had “succeeded” in recovering text messages between Strzok and Page from the five-month period, although Horowitz added that “an effort to recover any additional text messages is ongoing.”

Hiring failures

Gowdy said he respected Mueller and trusts he will “do a good job,” but felt the special counsel had “some hiring failures of epic proportion” by taking on FBI officials with such striking biases against the president.

Rep. Gowdy is right to be alarmed at this level of bias at the FBI. The Justice Department must be impartial, especially when handling investigations of this importance.