Congressional committees are warning FBI agent Peter Strzok that they are coming for him if the Justice Department won’t make him available as a witness.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said his committee will subpoena Strzok if an agreement is not reached for him to testify.
Goodlatte and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy appeared on Fox News’ “Special Report” to discuss the findings of Inspector General Michael Horowitz’ report on the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, which was released Thursday.
Gowdy called it a “dark day” for the FBI and the Department of Justice after the report revealed Strzok’s “level of bias and animus” against President Donald Trump. The South Carolina Republican called on Strzok to testify to prove that his anti-Trump bias was not a factor in his role on the Mueller probe.
“Why is it our job to prove that Strzok’s bias impacted his decision making?” Gowdy asked Fox News host Brett Baier. “I got a better idea. Strzok — you come before Congress, you come before the American public and prove to us that your manifest animus toward Donald Trump did not affect your decisions.”
Goodlatte noted that Republicans have been trying for “quite some time” to get that to happen.
“We have been requesting that he be produced as a witness for quite some time now. And if that agreement is not reached, we are very shortly going to issue a subpoena for him to appear,” the Virginia Republican said.
The chairmen will be holding a joint hearing by their committees next Tuesday in order to question Horowitz about his report. They have also requested that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray testify later this month.
Gowdy agreed that there was a need for the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. However, he pointed out that Strzok – and any FBI agent leading the investigation – should have been free of political bias.
“Most of my fellow citizens would say, yes, I want to know what Russia was doing to us in 2016, but also want the person that’s finding out, is investigating it to be free of bias and free of taint,” Gowdy said.
“The winner is Michael Horowitz, because he proves that you can be fair, fact-centric and conduct a series of investigation,” he added. “The loser is every one of my fellow citizens who wants an FBI and a Department of Justice that they can believe in. All of us have all lost when we have a department and a bureau that we cannot have confidence in. “
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