Pete Hegseth said that the Justice Department inspector general's report on the Hillary Clinton email probe laid out "all the bias" exhibited by FBI official Peter Strzok, even though none was said to be found.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy challenged Inspector General Michael Horowitz's determination Tuesday that the FBI's handling of the Clinton email and Russia investigations was not motivated by political bias.

Horowitz's report, released Thursday, singled out former FBI Director James Comey for harsh criticism and referred five other bureau employees for potential disciplinary action.

"They're looking for a massive smoking gun that is already there, but [that] they want to not see," Hegseth said on "Outnumbered."


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Hegseth said that the report was a "long overdue" investigation into investigators who were involved in the Clinton email scandal.

Gowdy (R-S.C.) said during Tuesday's hearing that the report should "conjure anger, disappointment and sadness" because it showed bias on the part of Strzok and other bureau members.

Previously reported text messages between Peter Strzok and attorney Lisa Page revealed an antipathy toward then-candidate Donald Trump. However, Horowitz’s report also "did not find documentary or testimonial evidence [in the Clinton case] that improper considerations, including political bias, directly affected the specific investigative actions we reviewed."

"The way Horowitz did this was both excellent in its thoroughness but also terrible in its conclusions," Hegseth said on "Outnumbered."

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