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Congressman Trey Gowdy said the perceived conflicts of interest in Robert Mueller's probe of President Trump hurt the FBI's and DOJ's standing in the public's view.

"This was a really bad fact pattern," Gowdy (R-S.C.) said of allegations of politically charged language or actions against Peter Strzok, Andrew Weissmann and Bruce Ohr.

"These are really bad facts if you believe in an impartial Department of Justice and FBI," he said.

Gowdy grilled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about "obsequious emails" sent by Weissmann to "a fact witness" later identified as outgoing Attorney General Sally Yates.

He also criticized a message from one subject that alleged that person could "smell" Trump supporters in a Virginia Walmart they visited.

"The notion that three bureau agents would be conspiring or plotting on how to handle the outcome of the presidential election is the opposite of what you want in an objective, dispassionate, neutral FBI," Gowdy said.

Gowdy said Rosenstein was put in a tough spot since he was not implicated as having a conflict of interest.

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