Rep. Trey Gowdy appeared on Fox News Sunday yesterday to talk about the DOJ Inspector General report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation. And he made no bones about it. In his eyes, the FBI and DOJ let Hillary Clinton off before the investigation had concluded. They also labeled Donald Trump as guilty before an investigation was launched on Russian interference.
Gowdy said, ‘Here’s what I know, they exonerated her before the interview. They said she did nothing wrong before they even bothered to talk to her and this same group said Donald Trump should not be the president and/or should be impeached before the investigation began. If that is not textbook bias which is the prejudging of an outcome.”
Here is the rush transcript:
WALLACE: “While the FBI is critical as you pointed out, about actions taken by Comey and Peter Strzok and others point here’s his overall judgment on the final conclusion of the Clinton investigation. I want to put this on the screen. This is from the IG. We found no evidence that the conclusions by the prosecutors were affected by bias or other improper considerations. Rather we determined they were based on the prosecutors assessment of the facts, the law and past department practice. Here is current FBI director Christopher Wray.”
GOWDY: “This report did not find any evidence of political bias O improper considerations actually impacting the investigation under review.”
WALLACE: “When they stay the final judgment, there may have been bias but that didn’t affect the final judgments. Are the inspector general and Christopher WRAY wrong?
GOWDY: “I will tell you this. Why did Loretta Lynch ask it to be called a – – and not an investigation. Why did you start planning your press conference two month before the investigation was over. Here’s where I depart from Christopher Wray. I don’t think it’s my job to prove bias impacted the investigation. I think it’s his job to prove that it did not. Here’s what I know, they exonerated her before the interview. They said she did nothing wrong before they even bothered to talk to her and this same group said Donald Trump should not be the president and/or should be impeached before the investigation began. If that is not textbook bias which is the prejudging of an outcome. That’s what bias is between you prejudging the outcome. We are prejudging her innocence before we talk to her. We are prejudging his guilt before you even look into the fact pattern. That is bias. And yes, it impacted the outcome. The most important element is intent. That’s what they all told us, she did not have the intent to commit a crime. The best way to figure that out is to talk to her but they went into the interview saying the only thing shall be charged with is maybe lying to us. If your Donald Trump or any other defendant in the country, how would you like that deal? We won’t charge up with anything as long as you tell us the truth. That is blanket immunity and everyone in the country with like that as they go into an interview with the FBI.”