Sunday morning during an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News, Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy explained why he believes “we’re trending perhaps towards another special counsel,” this time, to investigate the Department of Justice and the FISA abuse.
Gowdy began by ripping Adam Schiff, “You know, Maria, this Democrat memo makes me smile. If it were up to Adam Schiff, if it were up to him it would have been a haiku, and not a memo because he did everything he could to keep us from finding out any of the information that was in either one of those memos.”
He then explained why a second special counsel is looming, “So Congress has proven itself incapable of investigating this FISA abuse. DOJ should not be looking into it. We need an independent arbiter that’s either the inspector general or special counsel.”
Trey Gowdy is one of the authors of the FISA abuse memo which was released in early February. The memo, which has been completely ignored by the mainstream media, claims the the Justice Department used improper techniques in order to obtain a FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign in the Russia investigation.
Trump tweeted: “The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans…”
The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans – something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago. Rank & File are great people!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2018
Gowdy also said, “Maria over the weekend, I’d counted up almost two dozen witnesses that the inspector general would not have access to, were he alone conducting this investigation, so I think we’re trending perhaps towards another special counsel because of this unique fact pattern and the fact that there are witnesses outside the reach of the inspector general.”
Bartiromo then asked Gowdy, “So we should have then you believe another special counsel to investigate these matters? How does one investigate itself frankly?”
“Well you don’t. I wish that I had been able to grade my own papers in college and law school, but I was not able to. I would have done better first of all, but–we don’t put family members on the jury. We don’t put friends on the jury,” Gowdy answered.
He continued, “You need an independent arbiter, and the Department of Justice cannot investigate itself. Horowitz can– Horowitz is a fair guy, but when there are two dozen witnesses that have left the department or worked for another agency, someone else has to do it and I am reluctant to call for special counsel, but I think it may be unavoidable in this fact pattern.”
Washington D.C. continues to get more and more heated by the day. Will anything actually come from the FISA abuse memo? Only time will tell.