Trey Gowdy defended President Trump’s harsh words about former FBI Director James Comey and others, feeling he is justified in his anger.
The former South Carolina Republican congressman blasted Comey and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for targeting Trump during an interview with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum.
(Source: Fox News)
Gowdy’s remarks followed a speech by President Donald Trump earlier Thursday in which he took direct aim at “that sleazebag” Comey and the relentless effort to remove him from office before he was even elected.
“Had I not fired James Comey, who was a disaster, by the way, it’s possible I wouldn’t even be standing here right now,” Trump said in his first official speech following his impeachment acquittal Wednesday.
“If I didn’t fire James Comey, we would have never found this stuff,” he added. “When I fired that sleazebag, all hell broke out.”
#WATCH: President Trump celebrates his Senate impeachment acquittal & goes after Obama-era intel:
“Had I not fired James Comey, who was a disaster by the way, it’s possible I wouldn’t even be standing here right now. We caught him in the act.”pic.twitter.com/GCrvkaREFG
— Jennifer Franco (@jennfranconews) February 6, 2020
“Very strong words. No mincing of words there at all. But when you look at the Mueller report and the FISA process, you can understand where it’s coming from,” the host of “The Story with Martha MacCallum” said Thursday as she introduced Gowdy.
“Yeah, Peter Strzok, the lead case agent on this Russia probe, was talking about impeaching Donald Trump before Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler were,” the former Oversight Committee chair replied.
“I mean, just let that sink in for a second: The lead agent for the FBI mentioned impeaching Trump before Schiff and Nadler did,” Gowdy added.
“Then the FBI conducts this defensive briefing, which is really just an interview because they suspected Donald Trump of impropriety,” he continued as he went down the list of names.
“You have James Comey, who thinks impeachment is too good for him. You have John Brennan that thinks he should be ‘in the dustbin of history,’” Gowdy said, referring to the former CIA Director and outspoken Trump critic who unloaded on the president in a 2018 tweet ranting over allegedly using McCabe as a “scapegoat.”
When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America…America will triumph over you. https://t.co/uKppoDbduj
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) March 17, 2018
“You have Andy McCabe, who — after Comey was fired — launched another investigation into Trump,” Gowdy told MacCallum. “Martha, if I were Donald Trump, I would think the FBI was out to get me, too.”
MacCallum noted that Trump felt that firing Comey was “ultimately the move that saved him.”
“He believed he was eliminating the person at the top who created a culture that was after him…to create an environment where they believed they were above board in investigating the president and his campaign,” she added. “I mean, it is pretty stunning when you look back at it.”
Gowdy agreed but had a little more to add.
“Yeah, I would correct the President’s narrative only to this extent: He replaced Comey with McCabe. That is hardly moving up the draft board,” the former federal prosecutor said.
“It was only when Chris Wray came in that I think you had a dispassionate, objective, law-enforcement-centered person,” he added. “McCabe was no better than Comey.”
Gowdy, who led the House committee Benghazi investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, admitted he is not sure if the culture at the FBI has changed in the wake of the scandals.
“I hope so,” he told MacCallum. “We’re not going to make it as a country if people don’t have confidence in the FBI and it’s been a really bad four years.”
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