Former Rep. Trey Gowdy shot down the claim by fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe that he had briefed a bipartisan group of lawmakers about an investigation into President Donald Trump.
The former Republican lawmaker from South Carolina spoke with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum on Tuesday about McCabe’s assertions that the so-called “Gang of Eight” had no objections when he informed them that the FBI would be launching a counterintelligence investigation of Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.
“What do you think he was getting at, that no one objected?” MacCallum asked Gowdy, now a Fox News contributor, during “The Story” on Tuesday.
“That Devin and Paul knew about it and had no problem with it,” he replied, referring to House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes and then-House Speaker Paul Ryan.
“The reason he’s doing it this way is that Devin and Paul are not allowed to discuss anything that is said in a Gang of Eight meeting, and McCabe knows that. So he can level the accusation and Paul and Devin cannot refute him,” Gowdy said.
“What I think is fascinating is, there were three investigations into a duly elected president,” he continued. “The Peter Strzok one from July of 2016 and then McCabe started a counterintelligence, and if he’s telling the truth, started a criminal probe into the President of the United States.”
The former chairman of the House Oversight Committee recalled grilling by his colleagues on other occasions.
“I listened to Devin and Paul quiz the DOJ and the FBI for hours on multiple occasions about the one counterintelligence investigation we all knew about it. I find it stunning that they would know about a second one and not say a single solitary word,” he said. “And I will continue to not believe they knew about it unless one or the other contradicts it.”
McCabe, who was fired in 2018 for lying under oath, also declared in an interview with CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” on Tuesday that he believes it is “possible” that Trump is a “Russian asset.”
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Gowdy seemed to find this amusing and preposterous at the same time.
“If thinking that Jim Comey is not a good FBI Director is tantamount to being an agent of Russia, then just list all the people that are agents of Russia – Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Rod Rosenstein who wrote the memo getting rid of Comey, the Inspector General,” he said.
He argued that Trump’s decision to oust Comey in May 2017, as many had begun to believe he could no longer properly lead the FBI, “is not sufficient basis to launch a criminal obstruction of justice probe.”
Trump apparently liked his remarks as he tweeted out the quote early Wednesday morning.
“If thinking that James Comey is not a good FBI Director is tantamount to being an agent of Russia, than just list all the people that are agents of Russia – Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Rod Rosenstein who wrote the memo to get rid of Comey, the Inspector General….” Trey Gowdy
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2019
Gowdy had strong words for Rep. Adam Schiff as well, commenting after a video clip of the California Democrat saying an interview that there is “evidence in plain sight” of collusion between the president and Russia.
“Collusion is a synonym for conspiracy,”Gowdy said. “So I hope the questioner followed-up and said, ‘Okay, Chairman Schiff, you have just said that you have evidence of a criminal conspiracy between the president of the United States and the Russian state. What is that evidence? What is the crime? Was Trump involved in the hacking of the DNC server? Was he involved in the hacking of John Podesta’s email? Are you alleging that he participated in deciding when to disseminate the proceeds of these two hacks?’”
“I have heard Adam on a number of occasions say that he is the third eye raven, has evidence and seen things nobody else has ever seen before. But I’ve never heard him asked ‘What is it? What is the evidence of crime that you have, Chairman Schiff?’ I’ve never heard it followed up on” he added.
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