The Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, testified on the watchdog's investigation of how the FBI and Justice Department handled the Hillary Clinton email probe with the House Oversight Committee Tuesday.
House Republicans hammered Horowitz for more than five hours at a joint hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees, a day after he testified before a Senate panel about his 500-page report released last week.
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who chairs the Oversight Committee, said the bias found in the report "strikes at the integrity of the criminal-justice system."
"If someone is prejudging the outcome of an investigation before it ends and someone is prejudging the outcome of an investigation before it even begins, what is more textbook bias?" Gowdy said about text messages between two senior FBI officials, Counter-Intelligence Agent Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page.
Horowitz agreed that what Strzok said about Trump was "completely antithetical to the core values of the department and extremely serious," adding, "I can’t imagine FBI agents suggesting even that they might use their powers investigating, frankly, any candidate for any office."
“It clearly shows a biased state of mind,” Horowitz said about Strzok's messages.
"Are we really going to sit here, 70 members of the Congress of the United States of America in 2018, and have a hearing that just repeats the hearings the Senate had yesterday on Hillary Clinton’s emails?" asked the Oversight Committee's top Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings. He said ti was a distraction from the fact that the U.S. government is running "child internment camps" at the border. "What country is that?" he asked.
Horowitz described the nine recommendations for ways to prevent similar issues of political bias found in the IG's report.
"One of which is the department needs to consider putting in place guidance and rules and policies to memorialize what it believes prosecutors and agents should be doing in the time period before the election," he said.