Twitter was aflame this morning with people either praising or cursing Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-Deez Nutz). Gowdy has thrown shade on Trump and Giuliani’s accusation that the Obama Administration sent a “spy” into the campaign during the election.
I’m sorry to see so many on the Right attacking Gowdy for contradicting Trump. They’re misguided for it. Not as misguided as those on the Left who are heralding this as some sort of victory. It isn’t that, and it’s funny to watch Gowdy getting praised by people who tried to undercut his credibility when he supported the Nunes Memo’s findings that Obama-era Justice Department officials mislead a FISA court judge to obtain a warrant to spy on Carter Page. Remember that?
Gowdy has in the past alleged wrongdoing against the Trump campaign on the part of the Obama Administration. He’s never backed off from it. Trump supporters shouldn’t be so quick on the draw. In fact, Gowdy has also explained that he firmly believes there was no collusion and the FBI’s actions in sending in a sp–uh, confidential informant–was never targeting Trump. In fact, Gowdy has emphasized that Trump still isn’t a target of the Mueller probe (which is the much bigger story that the media doesn’t want emphasized).
I give Gowdy a great deal of credibility. That’s not to say I fully agree with him on this issue, only that I don’t think the attacks against him from the Right are fair. Where I disagree with him is that I think that the Obama Administration using these sorts of investigative techniques against the Trump campaign is a very big deal, no matter how common they might be under normal circumstances.
If the FBI thought Page and Papadapolous were security risks, they should have alerted Trump about this instead of using it as a pretext to start investigating the entire campaign and feed the Russia narrative that the Clinton campaign was already running on through 2016. Any Democrat who thinks that there was nothing wrong with this is horribly short-sighted to overlook the fact that Trump now has the power to do this in 2020.
Gowdy, I believe, thinks that this whole Mueller fiasco is going to go Trump’s way and that it’s important to save the reputation of the FBI and DOJ. He’s taking the long view. Well, that’s another area in which we disagree. I think the Mueller probe was built on a foundation of lies, trickery, and spycraft and that it should be discredited on that basis. It’s time for it to end. The FBI doesn’t deserve redemption either.
But I can believe that and still say that Gowdy has been a reliable conservative and right about the Russia investigation more often than not.