Gowdy: 'I Have a Lot of Confidence' in DOJ Inspector General to Hold McCabe Accountable for Leaks

March 4, 2018

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.) on Sunday said that he has "a lot of confidence" in the Justice Department's inspector general Michael E. Horowitz to hold former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe accountable for leaks.

Gowdy appeared on Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures" to discuss multiple issues, including Horowitz' investigation into McCable authorizing the disclosure of information about an ongoing investigation to journalists at the Wall Street Journal.

"What are you expecting from the inspector general report? Your take on this zeroing in on Andrew McCabe's action and the way this Hillary Clinton email probe was handled?" host Maria Bartiromo asked.

Gowdy said that he spoke with Horowitz last week, calling him an "honorable" person not to tell him what he has found.

"I'm a little amused that there's a leak about him finding a leak within the FBI," Gowdy said. " I want to know everything that happened in 2016 and whether Andy McCabe was leaking for or against Hillary Clinton. I think it's important for all of us to know."

"I have a lot of confidence in him. I think he's going to find out what happened in 2016 with respect to decisions made and not made, but I don't think it's fair to the Inspector General for us to guess about what's in his report based on media reporting," Gowdy added.

Bartiromo said that people would like to see "accountability" and asked Gowdy whether lawmakers let Clinton off the hook for the private email server investigation in 2016. She followed up by asking Gowdy whether he expected accountability.

" I do. I expect the inspector general to issue a fact-centric fair report. Look at what he has already found. He found the [Peter] Strzok and [Lisa] Page texts," Gowdy said. "Nobody else found that, so I think he is uniquely well-suited to tell us all what happened in 2016. We already know that the FBI and the Department of Justice handled this case differently."

"I think Michael Horowitz is uniquely well-suited to put all of the public's fears at ease with a thorough fact-centric investigation," Gowdy added.

FBI director Christopher Wray put pressure on McCabe to step down as deputy director in late January over concerns about the pending report. The Wall Street Journal revealed in October 2016 that there was a dispute between the FBI and Justice Department over the investigation into the financial dealings of the Clinton Foundation.