Gowdy has 'complete confidence' in DOJ watchdog attacked by Trump

Gowdy has 'complete confidence' in DOJ watchdog attacked by Trump
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Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyDemocrats put harassment allegations against Trump on back burner Democrats seize on Mueller-Barr friction 'Queer Eye' stars push for Equality Act MORE (R-S.C.) on Wednesday voiced confidence in the Justice Department's inspector general after President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction MORE attacked the government watchdog earlier in the day over a probe into alleged surveillance abuses.

Gowdy, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz "has been fair, fact centric, and appropriately confidential with his work."

“He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate without a single dissent. I have complete confidence in him," Gowdy added in a statement, saying he hopes Horowitz gets "the time, the resources and the independence to complete his work."


Horowitz is an increasingly critical player in the controversy surrounding the FBI and the Russia probe, and has also been leading a probe of the FBI's handling of the 2016 investigation into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Ex-FBI official: 'Links and coordination' with Russia happen everyday Ex-FBI agent: Americans should be 'disgusted' by Russian interference in Mueller report MORE's use of a private email server as secretary of State.

Gowdy's defense of the watchdog Wednesday came after Trump took to Twitter to criticize Attorney General Jeff Sessions for appointing the inspector general — instead of Department of Justice lawyers — to investigate allegations that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) was improperly used to obtain warrants to monitor the Trump campaign team.

"Why is A.G. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump: Some statements about him in Mueller report are 'total bulls---' Colbert hits Trump after Mueller report: Innocent people don't say 'I'm f---ed' The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? MORE asking the Inspector General to investigate potentially massive FISA abuse," Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning. "Will take forever, has no prosecutorial power and already late with reports on Comey etc. Isn’t the I.G. an Obama guy? Why not use Justice Department lawyers? DISGRACEFUL!"

Trump’s tweet marked the latest attack against his attorney general, whom Trump has repeatedly criticized for recusing himself from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Former Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzLawmakers contemplate a tough political sell: Raising their pay Top Utah paper knocks Chaffetz as he mulls run for governor: ‘His political career should be over’ Boehner working on memoir: report MORE (R-Utah), the previous head of the Oversight committee, said on Fox News’s "America’s Newsroom" that Trump’s Twitter attacks against Sessions were "mind-boggling" and "almost embarrassing.”

Rep. Pete KingPeter (Pete) Thomas KingMcCarthy holds courtesy meeting with ex-Rep. Grimm Dem rep calls for 'happy medium' on immigration Republicans defend McCain amid Trump attacks MORE (R-N.Y.) also said on Wednesday that, although he understands where the president is coming from, he would not have attacked Sessions.

Gowdy, who is set to leave Congress after this year, has previously defended Robert Mueller, the special counsel heading the investigation into alleged ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia amid Moscow's interference in the 2016 election.