Gowdy Shares Steps Taken After Anti-Trump Texts in Russia Probe: We Met With 'Department of Justice'

| DEC 7, 2017 | 4:56 PM
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Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) spoke to Fox News's Martha MacCallum about the report that FBI agent Peter Strzok sent anti-Trump text messages while a member of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation team. But it appears that it was more than just a few texts, as initially reported.

According to Fox News:

Justice Department officials are reading through “over 10,000 texts” between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, Fox News has learned, after it emerged Strzok was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe following the discovery of anti-Trump messages between them.

Department of Justice officials told Fox News they are in the process of going through the texts so they can hand them over to the House Intelligence Committee.

MacCallum asked Gowdy about the text messages and what Gowdy wants to know about them.

Gowdy said:

"Well, we met with the Department of Justice yesterday and they have to go through the texts. We are not entitled to and nor do we have any interest in purely personal texts.

We are very interested in both anti-Trump and or pro-Clinton texts because, as you made reference to, he was a very important agent.

In her investigation, also in the ongoing Russia-related investigation, perhaps the decision for Comey to change the wording in his July 5th statement. So he's super important. And people have a right to know whether agents are biased, one way or another."

Gowdy said that the texts would be available to him and colleagues as soon as the Justice Department is finished combing through them.

He also answered a question on whether anything illegal transpired between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya during a meeting in the summer of 2016. Trump Jr. testified in a closed-door hearing this week. “No nothing illegal, and nothing improper,” Gowdy said.

You can watch his comments in the video below.