Gowdy: Partisan media won’t question Pelosi’s ‘own duplicity’ on congressional probes

Fox News host and former congressman Trey Gowdy torched the liberal media for “partisan” lack of coverage of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her “duplicity” regarding congressional investigations.

The California Democrat was effectively let off the hook by the mainstream media when she rejected two GOP lawmakers who were tapped to sit on her House commission to ostensibly investigate the January 6 Capitol riot. Gowdy called out this “slew of hypocrisy” in a scathing monologue on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Night in America.

“Fairness often requires a referee. We don’t have to like the referee, but we should be able to respect the referee,” Gowdy said.

“The most recent example of duplicity and unfairness is matter in which congressional investigations are handled by the political parties and media, The D.C. media never met a Republican investigation that should start or Democrat investigation that should end,” he continued.

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Though he admitted that he believes the events of Jan. 6 are “worthy of investigation, prosecution, and incarceration for those convicted,” the former federal prosecutor contended that the “same standard, same rules, same process should apply to all congressional investigations.”

He went on to note how House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy picked five Republicans to serve on Pelosi’s commission but she rejected Reps. Jim Jordan from Ohio and Jim Banks from Indiana, and has not been pressed to answer why.

“The D.C. media is too afraid of her to ask, too afraid to risk losing an interview, too afraid to risk losing sources, too afraid to be on receiving end of a leak,” Gowdy said.

“The DC media tells us they ‘speak truth to power.’ They tell us ‘Democracy Dies in Darkness.’ They tell us they publish ‘All the News that is Fit to Print,’ and a host of other meaningless self-congratulatory platitudes,” he added, “but they can’t question Pelosi on her own duplicity when it comes to congressional investigations.”

“She put Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., on the Benghazi committee, even though his mind was fully made up, and he did everything he could to protect the Democrat nominee for president,” Gowdy continued, as he recounted Pelosi’s previous committee placements. “That was his job. Not to interview survivors, not to access information, not to ascertain why the military did not respond in a timely manner, but to protect Hillary Clinton. Pelosi picked him despite his bias.”

He noted how Schiff was also tapped to investigate former President Donald Trump over alleged Russian collusion “even though Schiff misstated evidence, prejudged the outcome and claimed to have evidence he never produced.”

“She picked Schiff to lead the prosecution in a failed impeachment trial, even though Schiff misstated facts, misrepresented a meeting with the whistleblower, and manufactured evidence during a committee hearing…Pelosi picked him anyway,” Gowdy said, going on to recall how, despite reports about his relationship with an alleged Chinese spy, Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., was allowed by Pelosi to keep his seat on the House Intelligence Committee.

The former South Carolina lawmaker reminded viewers that Pelosi chose Democrats for her January 6 select committee who had openly challenged the 2016 election results.

“There is not a single cop, prosecutor, or judge who would be allowed to remain on those cases if he or she did what Schiff, Swalwell… or the others did. Not one. She picked her own biased members but she rejected Jim Jordan. Jordan is the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, he was on the Intelligence Committee, which has more access to more sensitive information than any committee in Congress,” Gowdy pointed out.

“Jordan has participated in previous investigations, he worked hard, and he didn’t leak, which is more than I could say for many of his colleagues. But whether you like Jim Jordan or not is irrelevant. Whether you think the previous investigations or even the current investigations are appropriate is beside the point,” he continued.

“Congress has the power and often the responsibility to investigate, but it should be fair. And it’s fair to ask, why Democrat members of Congress are free to prejudge evidence…run against the person they are investigating, leak like sieves and yet they are qualified for service on an investigative committee, but Jim Jordan is not?” he demanded.

“That is the question,” Gowdy added.

“Why Schiff and not Jordan? Why Swalwell and not Jordan? Why is it your members can have their minds already made up, but somehow that is disqualifying for the other side? It’s the sort of question a serious objective media would ask,” he concluded.

“But the modern media in this country is just as partisan as the politicians themselves. ‘Truth to Power,’ they claim. ‘Democracy Dies in Darkness,’ they claim,” Gowdy said.  “Well, it doesn’t do well in the slew of hypocrisy either, and that is where we are right now, and in no small part because the referee is just as partisan as the players.”

Frieda Powers

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