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Horowitz check if Strzok bias influenced Russia-probe
The General inspector Michael Horowitz says before the joint hearing of the house judiciary and oversight bodies, whether it’s anti-Trump, FBI agent Peter Strzok political bias affected the introduction of the Special Counsel, to Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Justice Department inspector General Michael Horowitz confirmed on Tuesday that he is investigating whether FBI officials Peter Strzok anti-Trump bias takes into account the introduction of the bureau, Russia probe.
At a joint hearing before the House Oversight and judiciary Committee, Horowitz testified that his office was checking Strzok anti-Trump-text-messages as part of a separate probe in connection with the Russia investigation.
“It clearly shows a biased attitude of mind,” Horowitz said, referring to text messages, written, as the FBI probe of state Hillary Clinton’s private E-Mail use was the follow-up, and the Russian probe was on the way.
The infamous text, revealed last week, the IG report on the Clinton E-Mail, showed Strzok responds “We will stop him”, when his colleague and mistress Lisa page, looking for assurance that Trump would not be President.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., Horowitz on questioned whether this obvious bias, the initiation of the investigation in Russia of meddling in the 2016 influenced campaign and possible collusion with Trump’s team.
“This is a matter we have checked, and the search are right now,” Horowitz.
It was the beginning of this year that Horowitz ‘ s office has been investigating allegations of government surveillance abuse tied to the launch of the Russian probe. But Horowitz’s testimony, intended to answer questions about the completion of the Clinton case issue, showed some of the peculiarities involved in the ongoing Russia-case review, including the Strzok texts.
Goodlatte pressed Horowitz about the politically explosive SMS messages described — in the report as “hostile” — and noticed that several were sent, in the vicinity of the start of the Russian probe.
“Right,” Horowitz said. “In fact, there was this other text messages, in about the same time.”
The exchange came minutes after the House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S. C., explained the curious timing of a series of texts between the Strzok and page, as well as the Russia-probe Strzok was involved in the beginning.
Gowdy put a timeline at the beginning of 5. July 2016, when Comey no charges against Clinton, 28 recommended. July 2016, when the FBI launched a counterintelligence investigation into the Russia question.
“Three weeks after Clinton is rehabilitated by Comey, Strzok leads the investigation in Russia, and coordination with the trump campaign,” Gowdy said on Tuesday.
“And damn, that feels significant. Since these Affairs. The other one did this as well, but that was to make sure we don’t F something up. This is important, because it is important,” Strzok texted just a few days after the Russia-the probe began in July 2016.
“It sounds almost like you have to go through the movements with the Clinton investigation—but boy, they sure were enthusiastic about the Russia,” Gowdy said.
Gowdy noted that on Aug. 6, 2016, page texted Strzok, who led the FBI to Russia investigation, told him that he was “to protect the country from this threat.”
But a new text is revealed in Horowitz’s report from last week, from Aug. 8, 2016, revealed Strzok swears to stop Trump from becoming President.
According to the report, page Strzok texted in August 2016 and said: “[the trombone] not to ever become President, right? Right?!”
“No. No he is not. We will finish it,” Strzok answered.
Gowdy said that the message of the SMS is the proof that Strzok had was “the result,” noting prejudice that Strzok “already trump is not President of the United States should” only a few days into the investigation.
August 15, 2016, Strzok and page written about “insurance” should Trump be President.
“I want to believe that the path that you threw out for consideration in Andy’ s office, there is no way he gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t the risk,” Strzok texted on Aug. 15, 2016. “It is like insurance in the unlikely event that you die before you are 40.”
Horowitz testified, in response to Gowdy’s timeline, and the texts between Strzok, and that the bias, was found “extremely serious.”
“I can’t imagine, to investigate, FBI agents, also suggesting that they would use their forces, all of the candidates running for office,” Horowitz said. “I thought that was completely contrary to the basic values of the Department and extremely serious.”
The office of the inspector general, although no evidence is found that the bias influences found prosecutorial decisions in the Clinton E-Mail probe.
Brooke Singman is a political Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter at @Brooke FoxNews.