Gowdy on Sessions Investigating FISA Abuse: ‘Better Late than Never’

‘Quite frankly, I’m not sure the inspector general alone can do it’


PERINO: "South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy is on the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. And he is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee as well. If I could get your reaction, sir, to the attorney general making that decision to investigate FISA abuse."
GOWDY: "Better late than never. I have a lot of competence in Michael Horowitz who is the inspector general for the Department of Justice. You know right now, Dana, he is looking into decisions made in 2016 with Comey and the FBI. So he is going to be a really busy guy. These FISA abuses to the extent they occurred, occurred a good while ago, so I’m not sure why the attorney general is finally coming to the realization that it needs to be looked into. And quite frankly, I’m not sure the inspector general alone can do it. He only has jurisdiction over the Department of Justice. To the extent the State Department or other entities are involved, he is not going to be able to accomplish the task. So we may be trending towards special counsel -- I hope not, but we may be headed in that direction."

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