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Trey Gowdy says corrupt FBI official could be gone within days
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Rep. Trey Gowdy, the firebrand Republican from South Carolina, predicted on Friday that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe could be looking for another job as soon as this week.
Gowdy argued during his appearance on Fox News’ The Story that the recent release of documents showing heavy anti-Donald Trump, pro-Hillary Clinton bias at the agency’s highest level leave little choice other than dismissal.
“I’ll be a little bit surprised if he’s still an employee of the FBI this time next week,” Gowdy told Fox News host Martha MacCallum.
Impartiality is the Standard
Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, indicated that Bureau agents like McCabe are held to a standard of impartiality in order to avoid the appearance of impropriety.
He told MacCallum:
I’m still trying to figure out why three FBI agents are discussing politics in the Deputy Director’s office because you’re not supposed to discuss politics on federal ground. And FBI agents aren’t supposed to engage in politics for Hatch Act reasons.
Remember, we were supposed to interview Andy McCabe yesterday on another committee. It was all setup and ready to go and then at the last minute they said he can’t come Tuesday, he’ll come next week. I’ll be shocked if he comes next week. I’ll be a little bit surprised if he’s still and employee of the FBI this time next week.
But the notion that three Bureau agents would be conspiring or plotting on how to handle the outcome of a presidential election is the opposite of what you want in an objective, dispassionate, neutral FBI.
In his answer to MacCallum, Gowdy was referring to one of numerous text messages from FBI agent Peter Strzok, who was a team member of Robert Mueller’s, to his extramarital lover, FBI lawyer Lisa Page.
The message was recently tweeted by Fox’s Bret Baier:
Text-from Peter Strzok to Lisa Page (Andy is Andrew McCabe): “I want to believe the path u threw out 4 consideration in Andy’s office-that there’s no way he gets elected-but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk.It’s like an insurance policy in unlikely event u die be4 you’re 40”
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) December 13, 2017
Watch Gowdy’s full interview:
This is huge. He made this prediction around 2:50 of the video. This was in response to the Rod Rosenstein hearing.
Rebuilding the Bureau
In response to this and other reports of agency bias, President Donald Trump commented on the state of the nation’s top law enforcement agency in remarks to reporters while on his way to deliver his address to an FBI graduation ceremony on Friday in Quantico, Virginia.
“It’s a shame what’s happened with the FBI, but we’re going to rebuild the FBI,” he promised the reporters. “It’ll be bigger and better than ever.”
Considering the FBI’s reputation at the moment, this is a low bar to jump. But perhaps the rebuilding will begin at the top — starting with McCabe.
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