By The Federalist. In a fiery exchange between Rep. Trey Gowdy and FBI agent Peter Strzok during a House committee hearing Thursday morning, the FBI agent claimed he was unbiased despite sending numerous text messages lambasting then-presidential candidate Donald Trump while leading investigations into Trump.
When Gowdy asked Strzok why he got kicked off the investigation into whether Trump colluded with Russian officials in order to steal the election from Hillary Clinton in 2016, the FBI agent repeatedly insisted that it wasn’t because he was biased against the president.
“It is not my understanding that [Robert Mueller] kicked me off because of any bias,” Strzok said. “It was done based on the appearance. If you want to represent what you said accurately, I’m happy to answer that question, but I don’t appreciate what was originally said being changed.”
“I don’t give a damn what you appreciate, agent Strzok,” Gowdy shot back. “I don’t appreciate having an F.B.I. agent with an unprecedented level of animus working on two major investigations during 2016.”
At the end of his time questioning Strzok, another congressman intervened to give the FBI agent time to respond — which is when things really started to get interesting.
(Read more from “Watch: Strzok’s Most Ridiculous Claim, Trey Gowdy Slams Him for It” HERE)
Gowdy: Agent Strzok Can Not See or Understand His Own Bias
By Real Clear Politics. [Trey Gowdy transcript:]
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In March of 2016, Agent Strzok had Clinton winning 100 million to zero, even though the investigation was far from being over. That is the prejudging of someone’s innocence before all the evidence is in.
. . . Strzok promised to stop Trump from becoming president before the investigation even began. He talked, longingly, of Trump resigning two months after he was inaugurated and well before the special counsel investigation even began.
Strzok even talked about impeachment the day the special counsel was appointed. That is prejudging guilt, it is prejudging punishment, and it is textbook bias. We live in a 50/50 country and we accept that. But we’re a 100 percent country when it comes to having law enforcement that doesn’t prejudge innocence before investigations are over and doesn’t prejudge guilt and punishment before an investigation even begins.
Agent Strzok had Hillary Clinton winning the White House before he finished investigating her. Agent Strzok had Donald Trump impeached before he even started investigating him. That is bias.
Agent Strzok may not see it, but the rest of the country does. And it’s not what we want, expect, or deserve from any law enforcement officer, much less the FBI. A fair, bias-free investigation is not a Republican or Democrat issue, it’s an American issue. Or at least it used to be.
(Read more from “Gowdy: Agent Strzok Can Not See or Understand His Own Bias” HERE)