Former congressman Trey Gowdy revealed how the FBI treated Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump very differently during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The former prosecutor and South Carolina Republican discussed with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo just how far the Obama White House went in gunning for Clinton during the campaign, giving her special treatment and different intelligence briefings than the-candidate Trump.
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Gowdy and other Republicans have long been concerned about federal officials being biased against Trump and working to undermine his campaign, and he noted on this week’s “Sunday Morning Futures” that the FBI provided “two different kinds of defensive briefings to candidates depending on who you like and who you don’t.”
Added to how the FBI withheld transcript material from the FISA court, the former chairman of the Oversight Committee said “then your bias begins to impact the investigation.”
In discussing Attorney General William Barr’s investigation of the investigators, and the origins of the Robert Mueller Russia probe, Gowdy noted the bias in the intelligence community as Bartiromo said some information was kept from the “powers that be that were making important decisions.”
“I think what we’re going to find in 2016 is, the intelligence community was providing information to law enforcement that then went into this investigation, where some Democrats are calling for Donald Trump to be in prison,” Gowdy, a Fox News contributor, said.
“Have you ever seen the FBI’s internal analysis of whether Christopher Steele was reliable? Have you seen the paperwork where he was defrocked as a source because he couldn’t follow FBI rules and regulations? Have you seen the exculpatory information as it relates to George Papadopoulos?” he asked.
“Here’s one, Maria. Have you seen the disparate defensive debriefings that they gave candidate Clinton vs. candidate Trump? And has anyone asked the FBI to explain why they took entirely different tracks with those two debriefings?” Gowdy added. “There’s a lot left to be seen by you and your viewers.”
Gowdy had noted how some classified information and unreleased transcripts have the power to sway people’s opinions should they become public, including recorded conversations between former Trump campaign associate George Papadopoulos and FBI informants.
“Well, I think any time law enforcement talks to a target or a potential target, they’re either going to record that conversation or they’re going to monitor it in real time and take notes,” Gowdy told Bartiromo. “Some of us have seen transcripts of those conversations. And I was supportive of Mueller. I was supportive of the idea to initiate — to investigate what Russia did.”
“But when I saw this transcript, it actually changed my perspective, because you want to think of law enforcement as being unbiased and disinterested in the outcome, as long as we just find the facts,” he added, referring to the Papadopoulos evidence which was not included in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications used on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
“But when you have information that someone you think has done something wrong has, in fact, not done something wrong, when you have exculpatory information, and you don’t share it with others, and then you put that together with Strzok and Page and then the defensive briefings, remember, Maria, the defense of Comey and the media and the Democrats has always been, yes, some in the FBI was biased against Trump, and it didn’t matter,” he continued.
“This really matters,” Gowdy emphasized.
“When you have exculpatory information, and you don’t share it with a court, when you give two different kinds of defensive briefings to the candidates, depending on who you like and who you don’t, then your bias begins to impact the investigation,” he said.
“That’s what I saw when I saw the transcript, but your viewers should be entitled to make up their own minds,” he added, as Bartiromo called it “unbelievable.”
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