Former Republican South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy is in hot water over past remarks praising the FBI’s investigation of President Donald Trump.
Gowdy admitted during an appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight that he had been wrong in “relying on the word of the FBI and the DOJ” during hearings on the Trump-Russia probe, saying he realized his mistake after reviewing the documents related to the opening of the investigation.
Host Tucker Carlson began by showing footage from two years ago, where Gowdy can be heard defending the FBI’s handling of the Trump–Russia collusion investigation.
Carlson played a clip of from May 2018, where Gowdy — while still a member of Congress — saying after being briefed that he was “more convinced the FBI did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do when they got the information they got, and that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump.”
When Carlson then asked, “do you still feel that way?”
Gowdy replied “oh gosh, no.”
“I made a lot of mistakes in life — relying on briefings, and not insisting on the documents,” Gowdy explained, saying he changed his mind “about three weeks” after his public comments.
“I went to the Department of Justice. I sat there for four hours. That’s when I saw that Peter Strzok actually initiated and approved Crossfire Hurricane. That’s when I saw the exculpatory information on George Papadopoulos. That’s when I saw for the very first time that it was the Trump campaign mentioned in that predicate document,” Gowdy elaborated, adding that the officials called to testify had been “telling us all along, ‘Trump’s not the target, the campaign’s not the target.”
“So yes, my mistake was relying on the word of the FBI and the DOJ and not insisting on the documents. Luckily it took me three weeks to correct that mistake,” Gowdy stated.
Tucker Carlson presses Trey Gowdy on his defense of the FBI's actions during the Russia investigation:
"My mistake was relying on the word of the FBI and the DOJ and not insisting on all of the documents. Luckily, it took me about three weeks to correct that mistake." pic.twitter.com/nsAXL1lb8g
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 12, 2020
Gowdy owned up to his previous mistakes, as he described them, and said it’s clear to him now that there was serious misconduct among top brass at the FBI and DOJ during the Russia probe.
Last week, the Department of Justice filed a motion to dismiss its criminal case against Flynn following explosive new evidence in the case.
Newly unsealed documents in Flynn’s case revealed FBI agents discussed the Army lieutenant general’s possible prosecution prior to interviewing him, leading Flynn’s lawyers to claim he was set up.
In the newly released documents, we learned that the FBI had drawn up paperwork to close the case against Flynn, but fired agent Peter Strzok made a last-minute move to keep it open.
Strzok was fired for sending countless anti-Trump text messages to Lisa Page, a former FBI lawyer with whom he was having an affair.
Strzok played a critical role in going after Flynn, the new documents reveal.
Handwritten notes from the FBI — which were withheld from Flynn’s defense team for years — show that a key goal of the agents investigating Flynn was “to get him to lie so we can prosecute him or get him fired.”
One could certainly make the argument that top brass at the FBI — such as Strzok and Page — may have deleted or altered Flynn’s original interview summary to make it better fit their goal, which was to charge him.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also made some explosive comments, going as far as saying the new evidence could “warrant additional charges against” top brass at the FBI.