“Fox News Primetime” host and former House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy criticized the sentence handed down to former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith after he pleaded guilty to falsifying a document in relation to the Russia investigation.
Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, recalled his past experiences working with FBI agents.
“Every one of those agents I worked with, you would be proud to have as your next-door neighbor and a coach of your kid’s team. That was the FBI I know,” he said. “But that was not the FBI in charge. I never met or worked with an FBI agent like Peter Strzok. When I was a prosecutor, I never met an FBI agent or employee who would let his own political opinions influence his work. I never worked with an FBI lawyer like Kevin Clinesmith.
“Kevin Clinesmith was actively, vocally biased against President Trump,” Gowdy continued. “He also falsified a document to make it easier to target a political opponent. Kevin Clinesmith thought he was part of some great moral resistance — a resistance, I might add, to a duly elected president.”
Gowdy added that America prides itself on being a nation of laws where justice and fairness are watchwords.
“But that requires excellence from the women and men we empower to enforce those laws,” he said. “We need a justice system that is not only respected, but worthy of our respect.”
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