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 GowdyTrey Gowdy joins Fox News as a contributor Congress must take the next steps on federal criminal justice reforms Lynch testimony marks final interview of GOP-led probe MORE (R-S.C.) on Wednesday voiced confidence in the Justice Department's inspector general after President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration 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."

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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 ClintonRoger Stone shares, quickly deletes Instagram photo of federal judge on his case Barack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Why the national emergency? A second term may be Trump’s only shield from an indictment 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 SessionsRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports McCabe: Trump's 'relentless attack' on FBI prompted memoir Trump: 'Disgraced' McCabe, Rosenstein look like they were planning 'very illegal act' 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 ChaffetzTop Utah paper knocks Chaffetz as he mulls run for governor: ‘His political career should be over’ Boehner working on memoir: report Former GOP lawmaker on death of 7-year-old migrant girl: Message should be ‘don't make this journey, it will kill you' 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 KingGOP lawmaker: Amazon would be moving into NY if Ocasio-Cortez wasn't elected Dems escalate gun fight a year after Parkland Assault weapons ban push tests Dem support 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.