There is no doubt that the Russia investigation was "infected by bias" and has lost legitimacy, Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday, after hearing two days of Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's testimony before Congress.
"The bias infected what [FBI agent Peter] Strzok was doing," the Florida representative said, 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 presidential election.
DeSantis stressed that Strzok "was really responsible for creating this narrative, which many of us believe has been a phony narrative," insisting that "Strzok has done more damage to the institution of the FBI than probably any agent in modern times."
DeSantis was also dumbfounded that Strzok still has a job with the FBI, asking "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?"
During his testimony, which follows the release of his scathing report last week, Horowitz confirmed that anti-Trump text messages between Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page created the appearance that decisions regarding the probe were impacted by bias or improper considerations.
He also said his office was looking into whether Strzok's anti-Trump bias played any part in the launch of the FBI's Russia probe.
However, CBS News reported that Horowitz stressed to the committee, as he had in his report, that their bias never ultimately impacted the overall results of the investigation.
Congressmen, mainly Democrats, also expressed their frustration that the committee was focusing so much time on this issue rather than that of the Trump administration's immigration policy causing family separations, which is currently sparking nationwide outcry.
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