Former congressman Trey Gowdy thinks ex-FBI agent Peter Strzok is targeting the wrong people in his lawsuit.
The former South Carolina Republican and current Fox News contributor sees Strzok’s firing as justified but says the former FBI special agent has no one to blame but himself, and that he should have included former Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the lawsuit.
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Strzok sued Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray in a lawsuit filed Tuesday, claiming he was wrongfully fired last year over anti-Trump text messages he exchanged with former FBI lawyer Lisa Page.
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“I missed the part of his lawsuit where he also filed a complaint against Bob Mueller. I mean Mueller fired him,” Gowdy told Fox News host Martha MacCallum on “The Story” Tuesday. “Comey said he would have fired him had he known about the texts.”
“Remember when he said he wasn’t interested in joining the Russia probe because he didn’t think it would result in impeachment? “Gowdy asked. “This was counterintelligence, career FBI agent where what Russia did to this country was not enough for him. That’s not enough to get him interested. He wanted it to involve impeachment.”
“So if he’s going to start suing people that fired him, he ought to start with Mueller,” Gowdy added.
Strzok, who was the lead investigator in the Trump-Russia probe as well as the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, is seeking to be reinstated at the FBI and to collect back pay from the agency for the time since his firing in August 2018 after he was removed from Mueller’s investigation. While Gowdy admitted he didn’t know if Strzok’s motivation behind the lawsuit was his pension or a financial challenge, he was sure about one thing.
“The challenge I have is feeling sorry for someone who brought every single bit of this on himself,” he told MacCallum.
“I mean bias is so insidious bias destroys the criminal justice system,” Gowdy said.
“He initiates the probe into Trump while he’s promising to stop his presidency. I don’t know anyone, Republican or Democrat, who thinks that is a law enforcement officer that should be handling a school crossing, much less a counter-intelligence investigation,” he added.
Strzok claimed in his lawsuit that his firing was “the result of unrelenting pressure from President Trump and his political allies in Congress and the media.” He also said his privacy and First Amendment rights were violated due to his text messages being leaked to the press.
“Peter Strzok need blame no one other than himself for writing what he wrote. He was unfit to investigate either of the presidential candidates,” Gowdy told MacCallum.
“How this is going to turn out? I don’t know. It’s D.C.,” he added. “I don’t know what a jury is going to do with it, but he is unfit for law enforcement.”
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