House Intel Chair Trey Gowdy (R-SC) dropped a big bomb, telling Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on Sunday that “we may be trending perhaps towards another special counsel” in order to investigate what went on with the FBI and the DOJ and the potential abuse of the FISA courts.
He said that Rep. Adam Schiff has been doing everything he can to keep people from seeing what was in either the GOP or Democratic memos on the question.
From Daily Caller:
“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.”
While he said he had confidence in DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, he said the problem is that his authority is limited and can’t reach witnesses who are no longer with the Department of Justice or who perhaps work in another Department over which he doesn’t have jurisdiction like the State Department.
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 asked, “So we should have then you believe another special counsel to investigate these matters? How does one investigate itself frankly?”
Gowdy conceded that basically, you can’t. He said that he wished he could have graded his own papers in college and law school, he would have done better. But that isn’t done. “We don’t put family members on the jury. We don’t put friends on the jury,” Gowdy continued.
Gowdy said there had to be an independent arbiter in order to reach all the witnesses. Although he admitted that he was “reluctant” to call for special counsel that now “it may be unavoidable in this fact pattern.”
No one really knows at this point how many parts of the Obama administration or the Democratic party may have been involved with this.
And there are now suggestions that the FBI may have violated criminal laws.
Not to mention the apparent split loyalties of the people in the DOJ, even if one had confidence in Michael Horowitz.
So you need someone who has the capacity to prosecute criminal actions and investigate as one needs to in order to get to the bottom of it.