Rep. Gaetz: People Might Be Trying to 'Sand Off the Rough Edges' of IG's Clinton Email Report
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) said Wednesday that he shares President Trump's concern that officials may be trying to weaken the Justice Department inspector general's report on the Hillary Clinton email case.
Trump on Tuesday questioned why the report is taking "so long" and said "the public has the right to know" the "horrible" things it has to say.
What is taking so long with the Inspector General’s Report on Crooked Hillary and Slippery James Comey. Numerous delays. Hope Report is not being changed and made weaker! There are so many horrible things to tell, the public has the right to know. Transparency!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2018
"I share the president's concern that the actual substance of the report has likely been written for some time," Gaetz said. "Now, you may have people trying to sand off the rough edges and make it look like the conduct was more acceptable than it should have been."
The Department of Justice's internal watchdog reportedly said that former FBI Director James Comey "defied authority" at times during the Clinton probe, according to ABC News.
The report also said that "the draft report explicitly used the word 'insubordinate' to describe Comey's behavior."
Gaetz agreed with the report on "Outnumbered Overtime," saying that there have been instances where Comey has "exceeded" his authority.
According to a congressional source, the Senate Judiciary Committee rescheduled a hearing with Inspector General Michael Horowitz to June 11.