Rep. DeSantis: Russia Probe Was 'Infected by Bias,' Legitimacy Is 'Gone'
In the wake of Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's testimony before Congress, Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) said there's no doubt that the Russia probe was "infected by bias" and has lost legitimacy.
During his testimony -- which follows the release of his bombshell report last week -- Horowitz confirmed that anti-Trump text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page created the appearance that investigative decisions were impacted by bias or improper considerations.
Horowitz also confirmed that his office was looking into whether Strzok's anti-Trump bias played a role in the launch of the bureau's Russia probe.
"The bias infected what Strzok was doing," DeSantis said on "Fox & Friends," arguing that Strzok rushed the Hillary Clinton email probe to a conclusion and opened a counterintelligence operation into the Trump campaign to help "stop" Trump from winning the White House.
He said that following the revelation that Strzok purposefully tried to further the "collusion narrative," the Russia probe has lost any appearance of legitimacy.
"He was really responsible for creating this narrative, which many of us believe has been a phony narrative," DeSantis said. "This guy, Peter Strzok, has done more damage to the institution of the FBI than probably any agent in modern times."
As for the news that Strzok was "escorted" from the FBI building but remains employed by the bureau, DeSantis said Strzok should lose his job.
"Why is he still getting a paycheck from the taxpayers after all that he's done, all the damage that this guy's done with his bias?"