Trey Gowdy went on Fox News and excoriated compromised FBI agents, including Peter Strzok, for their evidently malicious bias against the president as outlined in the IG report.

Gowdy, a successful District Attorney before switching over to politics, conceded that he didn’t see how Mueller could successfully prosecute anyone again with all of the bias at the FBI. (Hot Air)

Gowdy’s looking at Mueller’s dilemma from the perspective of a prosecutor. Put aside the question of whether Strzok’s bias actually influenced his investigative decisions. The cold, hard fact is that he *was* biased and the entire world now knows it. He’s essentially the Mark Fuhrman of the Russiagate investigation. How do you convince a jury to convict once evidence of his bias is inevitably presented to them? What about the book-length evidence of James Comey’s disdain for Trump? How do you win that case, Gowdy wondered yesterday: 

Is the “we’ll stop it” text enough to get a hung jury for Paul Manafort? More to the point, is it enough to get POTUS off the hook from any impeachable offenses? Gowdy doesn’t discuss impeachment scenarios here but I think that’s the clear subtext of his point. No one believes Trump will be hauled before a jury, certainly not while he’s in office and almost certainly not afterward. (He’d pardon himself before leaving if there was any chance of that. Don’t think he wouldn’t.) The risk to POTUS is that Mueller’s report to Rosenstein will make the case that there’s probable cause to believe Trump obstructed justice, putting Ryan and House Republicans in a nuclear-hot spotlight on what to do. Strzok’s bias is their escape hatch. “How can we impeach,” they’ll say, “when the investigators were in the tank?” Even House Democrats might shy away from impeachment on those grounds, fearing that it’s silly to take the political risk of impeaching Trump when Strzok’s behavior will give Senate Republicans every reason they need to oppose removal.

Even Gowdy, who recently defended Mueller’s credibility has drastically changed his tune, saying, “Understand that this is being used by political enemies to hurt Donald Trump.”

Read at American Action News

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