On Friday, former House oversight committee chair Trey Gowdy told Fox News that the Justice Department's decision not to prosecute criminal charges against former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe continues "four terrible years "for the department.
However, the former Greenville lawmaker said "Hannity" that he believes Attorney General William Barr is doing all he can with the resources available to clean up the DOJ and restore public confidence in the institution.
"It has been four terrible years for the Department of Justice and the FBI - two institutions this country absolutely needs for the respect of its citizens," he said. "Bill Barr, in my opinion - I'm a big fan of his - I think he's doing everything he can to put the blindfold on this lady. Lady Justice needs this headband. "
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He said that while the McCabe decision was not ideal, Barr was a great attorney general, highlighting his statement that President Trump did not interfere with justice in the investigation of Russia and his work to make it happen. so that the prison sentence of Republican consultant Roger Stone is more proportionate. to crime.
"It was the department that said," We didn't have the evidence of Andy McCabe. " So we have to give [Barr] the resources, the time and the support to bring these institutions back to where we need them as a country. "
Host Sean Hannity has taken a different approach, noting that Trump supporters and conservatives appear to be treated differently from Trump liberals or critics when investigated or investigated. indictment.
Gowdy said he was confident that the investigation by Connecticut federal prosecutor John Durham - ordered by Barr - would bring more clarity and potential consequences to the current situation.
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"Let John Durham find out. But, if people don't trust the Ministry of Justice, we will not accept anything anyway, "he said.
DOJ's decision on McCabe came after nearly two years of investigation into charges by the agency's independent watchdog, which he found lacking in "candor" when asked about a leak in the media.
In a letter to McCabe's lawyer Michael Bromwich obtained by Fox News, Justice Department lawyer JP Cooney said, "We are writing to inform you that after careful consideration, the government has decided not to hire criminal proceedings against your client, Andrew G. McCabe. "
"Based on all of the circumstances and all of the information known to the government at this time, we consider the matter to be closed," added Cooney.
Brooke Singman and Jake Gibson of Fox News contributed to this report.