Rep. Trey Gowdy maintains that he respects the FBI as he stresses that there are only about five FBI employees who may have committed suspicious actions in the probe into the Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Gowdy cautioned the public about attacking the entire bureau when only a handful is at fault.
Gowdy, guesting on CBS’ ‘Face The Nation’ on Sunday, said: “I have tremendous respect for the bureau, there are 30,000 employees, let's assume that there are five that engaged in conduct that we have questions about.”
President Trump and the Republicans have previously hit the FBI for its partiality in the Russian election meddling probe and the alleged collusion between Kremlin and the Trump campaign. Gowdy said that such a partisan tone has indeed become a major problem. The lawmaker is hoping to release a four-page memo discussing how the bureau used a controversial dossier compiled on Trump funded and organized by a political opposition research firm as evidence for a warrant to spy on a Trump campaign adviser is merely a “one-off.”
Gowdy said: “I hope this is a one-off, that Congress takes this position but also hope it's a one-off that a [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] application contains errors and product that is funded by a political opponent. I hope that is a one-off.”
Gowdy also points to the criticism of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe as a prime example of the partisanship problem. McCabe availed of an early retirement over the controversies surrounding his role in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails and the Russia investigation.
Gowdy said: “People can quibble about Andy McCabe, I spent 15 hours with him in two different interviews, he is a professional witness even though I disagree with some of the decision he made. I think we’ve got to get to some point in life where you can disagree with the decision-making process that someone engaged in without believing that they are corrupt or somehow part of the deep state, whatever that means.”
The Republican lawmaker also revealed last week that he plans to leave politics and not seek reelection as he set his sights on the justice system. Gowdy is one of the most high-profile Republican lawmakers with his top post in the House Intelligence Committee and as Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.