For Immediate Release
Rep. Meadows' Statement on Inspector General Report
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement on the findings in the report released today by the Office of the Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, detailing the FBI and DOJ’s conduct in the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s handling of classified emails:
“The findings from Inspector General Horowitz are deeply disturbing and raise alarming questions about a Justice Department that should serve as a bedrock for America’s people. IG Horowitz’ report and his conclusions reveal a troubling number of executive failures that absolutely cannot happen in this country.
After reviewing the findings, one can reach no other conclusion than the FBI sorely mishandled the investigation into Secretary Hillary Clinton. Director James Comey blatantly broke protocol on numerous occasions, to the point of what the report calls “insubordination.” It is clear his department resolved to determine Secretary Clinton’s innocence well before the investigation was even close to complete—and before an interview with Secretary Clinton even occurred. His FBI agents, like Peter Strzok, displayed such a stunning level of political bias against candidate Donald Trump that IG Horowitz called Strzok’s conduct “antithetical to the core values of the FBI and the Department of Justice.”
Right from the beginning, it’s clear that Secretary Hillary Clinton was treated differently—and not for good reason.
Even more disturbing is the idea that Congress is just now learning of information we should have received from the DOJ months ago. Why are we just now learning of a text message where Peter Strzok discusses “stopping” Donald Trump from becoming President? Why did Rod Rosenstein and the Justice Department hide this text message from investigators? There is absolutely no excuse. The fact that we are finding out about this text in an OIG report once again confirms that Mr. Rosenstein has zero interest in anything even approaching transparency.
Peter Strzok should not have a job anywhere near our Justice Department. Rod Rosenstein must be held accountable for his obstructionist conduct. James Comey should come before Congress and answer for his deeply improper handling of this investigation.
I want to applaud Inspector General Horowitz for conducting himself with full honesty and integrity throughout this entire process. He has done an outstanding job.
After this report, it’s clear we have a long way to go to restore the integrity of and public faith in our Justice Department. Americans deserve better than this.”