Former Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy called a recommendation from the Justice Department that charges move forward for former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe a major victory for the American legal system.
“It’s a celebration of our justice system, where you can be the second-in-command at the world’s premier law enforcement agency and still be subject to investigation and potentially indictment,” said the Fox News contributor and former congressman.
Gowdy made his comments on “The Story,” where he also told host Martha MacCallum that the former FBI official will be afforded the same constitutional rights as any citizen.
“He’s presumed innocent,” he said, also noting some may find that fact “wildly unpopular.”
“And even if he’s indicted, the indictment is no evidence of a crime,” Gowdy added. “I know politics doesn’t reward fairness, but our justice system needs to survive long past the political vagaries.”
Gowdy went on to say that McCabe was guilty of lying to the DOJ Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz and “leaked something that was in his best interest.”
“It’s the oldest motive known to man, which is self-interest,” he said.
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Gowdy’s interview came just hours after the announcement about the recommendation of charges toward McCabe. In addition to the bad news from the Department of Justice, McCabe was also thrown under the proverbial bus by his co-workers who are less than sympathetic about his possible charges.
“The potential charges relate to Justice Department inspector general findings against the CNN pundit regarding misleading statements tied to a Hillary Clinton-related investigation. The situation has raised eyebrows across the media industry and created a headache for the liberal-leaning CNN,” Fox News reported.
Some CNN employees were reportedly in shock when the network decided to take McCabe on in late August, due to his being fired from the FBI for lying. Now that the former Justice Department official is being outed in a public way, it appears to have frustrated and confused some of his coworkers.
According to Fox News, a current CNN on-air personality told them that “it erodes our journalistic credibility to have so many highly anti-Trump, former Obama DOJ/security officials without a semblance of balance.” They used Samantha Vinograd, Jim Sciutto, Asha Rangappa, Juliette Kayyem and James Clapper as examples of such persons, adding McCabe to the list.
“It’s hard to see the justification for hiring him initially since it was publicly documented he’s, best case, a liar,” the on-air personality added. “How will CNN handle it if he’s also soon indicted?”
Red Blue Divide reported just weeks ago that McCabe was likely to be the target of an indictment for what was suspected to be widespread lying, according to interviews with those familiar with recent developments in the investigation.
Written by Savannah Pointer.