During a Thursday interview on Fox News, former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) gave his opinion on former FBI agent Peter Strzok’s private testimony that the House Judiciary Committee released this week and sounded off on Strzok’s excuse for his texts to former FBI lawyer Lisa Page about an “insurance policy.”
Strzok claimed the text was part of a conversation to protect an “extremely sensitive source,” but it came at a time when he and Page were deciding how much to investigate President Donald Trump’s campaign’s alleged ties to Russia, as they didn’t expect him to win the election.
However, Gowdy believes that the source referenced in texts between Strzok and Page was not real and questioned the accuracy of the information that the former FBI official was giving. He pointed out that the 2016 text seemed to claim that while they didn’t believe Trump would be elected, they wanted a back-up plan.
“There is no information because there is nothing. There is no source,” Gowdy said.
“The most charitable view of what they meant by the insurance policy is they had a source, they had a confidential informant that they didn’t want to burn,” he continued. “Their analysis was we’re not going to burn this source because we don’t think Donald Trump is gonna win.”
Watch his interview below:
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“I want to believe the path you threw out in [former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s] office — that there’s no way he gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take the risk,” said Strzok in a text. “It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”
Page continued by questioning what would happen if the Trump administration was colluding with Russia:
“[W]e don’t need to go at a total breakneck speed because so long as he doesn’t become president, there isn’t the same threat to national security, right? But if he becomes President, that totally changes the game because now he is the President of the United States. He’s going to immediately start receiving classified briefings. He’s going to be exposed to the most sensitive secrets imaginable. And if there is somebody on his team who wittingly or unwittingly is working with the Russians, that is super serious.”
Gowdy pointed out that due to their lack of information, he doubts there was ever a source that had solid evidence against the president. Strzok claimed that there were no plans to stop Trump from becoming president, despite Gowdy’s claims that it was intended to be used in that way.