By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) Former GOP lawmaker Trey Gowdy lambasted fired FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok over his decision to sue his former employer for wrongful termination, saying that he should be angry with former special counsel Robert Mueller, who dismissed him from the “Spygate” probe over anti-Trump texts he exchanged with one-time paramour and FBI lawyer Lisa Page.
In an interview with Fox News‘ Martha McCallum, Gowdy ripped the former FBI official over what many saw not only as a distinct political bias against then-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, but also a plot to keep him from winning the presidency.
Asked about his thoughts regarding Strzok’s suit, Gowdy said, “I missed the part…where he also filed a complaint against Bob Mueller.
“I mean, Mueller fired him. Remember? [Former FBI Director James] Comey said he would have fired him had he known about the texts.”
Strzok and Page exchanged thousands of text messages during the president’s 2016 campaign, expressing various levels of disdain and bias towards him. But some of the more shocking texts dealt with how they — and others within the FBI and Justice Department — plotted to carry out Spygate and either prevent Trump from winning the presidency or undermine and drive him from office after the fact.
Gowdy, during his interview, also pointed at that in one text, Strzok said 2016 Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton “should win 100 million to nothing” — at a time when he was supposedly investigating the former secretary of state for criminal mishandling of classified emails.
“He belittled Trump supporters, he promised to stop the president, he said he had an ‘insurance policy’ if that didn’t fail, and the one that I keep bringing up…remember when he said he didn’t want to join the Russia probe because he didn’t think it would result in impeachment?” Gowdy said.
“This is a counterintelligence career FBI agent where what Russia did to this country was not enough for him?” the former chairman of the House Oversight Committee continued.
“If he’s gonna start suing people for firing him, he needs to start with Mueller,” Gowdy noted.
According to The Associated Press, Strzok’s lawsuit alleges that the bureau caved in to “unrelenting pressure” from POTUS Trump in making the decision to fire him:
The suit … also alleges he was unfairly punished for expressing his political opinions, and that the Justice Department violated his privacy when it shared hundreds of his text messages with reporters.
“This campaign to publicly vilify Special Agent Strzok contributed to the FBI’s ultimate decision to unlawfully terminate him, as well as to frequent incidents of public and online harassment and threats of violence to Strzok and his family that began when the texts were first disclosed to the media and continue to this day,” says the suit.
The suit doesn’t name Mueller or Comey, however, it names as defendants Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Chris Wray.
Strzok was fired by the FBI in August 2018. Fox News reported that Stzrok has a GoFundMe page where contributors have pledged nearly $500,000 for his suit.
“The charge I have,” Gowdy noted, “is feeling sorry for someone who brought every bit of this on himself.”
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