Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., went “On the Record” Friday night and said he was “beyond the point” of being surprised after the Washington Posts published an internal National Security Agency audit indicating that the agency commits thousands of privacy violations annually.
Former G.W. Bush White House chief spokesperson Dana Perino filled in for Greta Van Susteren when Gowdy appeared and offered his thoughts on the latest NSA developments.
“I wonder how many of my colleagues in Congress were briefed that there were thousands of errors made with respect to this program because I have a sneaking suspicion the number is zero,” he said.
Perino pointed out that Michigan Republican Mike Rogers, as House Intelligence Committee chairman, was aware, and then wondered, given “the NSA is doing trillions of searches looking for a needle in a haystack,” if the thousands of breaches was that large.
“I think in a vacuum, you could make that argument,” he said. “But on the heels of Benghazi and Fast and Furious and James Rosen’s scandal and this diminution of trust that people have across all demographic groups in government, no.”
“But right now, Dana, people’s image of government is not a blindfolded woman holding a set of scales. It is Lois Lerner invoking the 5th Amendment before a committee of Congress.”
Gowdy emphasized that this image being projected by government erodes whatever trust people once had in it.
“And if we don’t get that figured out, I’m not worried about winning elections, I’m worried about the republic,” he said.
Watch the interview, courtesy of Fox News.