According to Fox News, Attorney General Bill Barr acknowledged in a recent interview that at least some of the individuals being investigated in U.S. Attorney John Durham’s ongoing probe into the origins of the infamous Trump–Russia collusion investigation will be “familiar names” to most Americans — and former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) thinks he has a good idea of who at least one of those individuals is.
During an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday, Gowdy suggested that fired FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok has become enough of a “household name” to fit the bill of what Barr had alluded to, the Washington Examiner reported.
Gowdy pointed a finger at Strzok during an interview with Dana Perino on The Daily Briefing.
The former House Oversight Committee chairman told Perino that Strzok “has his fingerprints on every aspect of this,” the Examiner reported.
“In terms of the famous names [Barr referred to]…Peter Strzok, I think is now a household name,” Gowdy said. “From initiating it in the summer of 2016 to the Hillary Clinton investigation to Mueller to interviewing Michael Flynn.
“So Peter Strzok would be a name that I would listen for as Durham begins to wind up his work,” Gowdy added.
Take a look at Gowdy’s full interview, first shared by the Washington Examiner:
“Be a good steward”
According to the Examiner, Strzok was fired from the FBI in August of 2018 after a series of anti-Trump text messages between him and now-former FBI attorney Lisa Page were revealed by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Strzok was also quietly removed from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe in 2017 in light of the messages.
The former agent has countered with a wrongful termination lawsuit.
But according to Gowdy, Americans have a right to know when federal law enforcement powers are being abused.
“We give law enforcement and our intelligence community these awesome powers that no one else has: the power to indict and arrest and surveil and read emails,” Gowdy told Perino on Wednesday, according to the Examiner. “And all [Barr] is asking in return is that you be a good steward and that there be a factual predicate when you investigate, whether it’s a potential president or your neighbor next door.”