(National Sentinel)Â Confusing: Earlier this week retiring Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., gave a passionate defense of the FBI and Justice Department for their attempt to place “informants” –Â spies — inside Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
In multiple TV interviews, Gowdy defended the actions, sayingÂ â€œthe FBI did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do when they got the information they got, and that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump.â€
He incredulously insisted that the FBI’s Russia probe and surveillance of the Trump team was all very legitimate, very normal, and something Americans should expect the bureau to be doing.
â€œChris Wray and Rod Rosenstein have made it clear to us, Donald Trump was never the target of the investigation, heâ€™s not the current target of the investigation. Keep in mind, that could all change depending on what a witness says,” the South Carolina congressmanÂ toldÂ Fox Newsâ€™ Martha MacCallum Tuesday.
“But as of now, Chris Wray and Rod Rosenstein are stunned whenever people think that Trump is the target of their investigation. Iâ€™ll leave it to them how to brief the president,” he added.
This left us stunned, quite frankly, given that one of Gowdy’s close colleagues in all of this, House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has been as clear as he can be — and on multiple occasions — a) there wasÂ no actionable intelligence that justified the “Russian collusion” probe, as it was entirely political; and b) the onlyÂ real ‘collusion’ appears to have been between Russian sources andÂ Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Talk radio giant Mark Levin agrees that the was never any collusion involving the Trump team, but there was plenty involving Clinton, and he took Gowdy to task over it this week on his daily program.
“Now where is the easiest place to try and find the Russians? Is it in Trump world? No. Itâ€™s at the DNC. Didnâ€™t the Russians hack the DNC emails? Didnâ€™t we hear this over and over again?â€ he said.
â€œDid they have an informant, aka a spy, at the DNC to chase down the Russians who were hacking the DNCâ€™s emails? No. If they are trying to protect us and the candidates and the election from the Russians, as we pointed out last week, why werenâ€™t there informants in Jill Steinâ€™s campaign, or Hillary Clintonâ€™s campaign, or Bernie Sandersâ€™ campaign?â€
Levin noted further that the operation against Team Trump was clearly to either keep Trump out of office or, as a backup plan, undermine him so severely after he won that he would either quit or be forced from office.
â€œNow [Gowdyâ€™s] telling us look, Trump was never the target of this investigation. Thatâ€™s very slippery, like a slip and fall lawyer. Of course, Trump was the target of the investigation. They just havenâ€™t found anything on Trump,â€ said Levin,Â the former chief of staff to Attorney General Ed Meese.
â€œYou think Manafort was the target of the investigation? Or Gates? Or Papadopoulos? Or Lieutenant General Flynn? When we talk about Trump world â€” the Trump campaign, the Trump transition, the Trump presidency — who the hell do they think the target is? Thatâ€™s said, thereâ€™s nothing on Trump,Â but theyâ€™d like nothing more than to get something on Trump.â€
“Why do you think they are taking Manafort to the gallows day in and day out? Why do you think Mr. Gowdy, Mr. former federal prosecutor, theyâ€™ve interviewed virtually every single person thatâ€™s ever worked for Donald Trump â€“ whether in the campaign, in the transition or in his administration?â€ he continued.
â€œWhy did Trump Inc. have to turn over hundreds of thousands of pages of information if they are not trying to get Trump â€” it has nothing to do with him now because they didnâ€™t find anything. But they sure as hell have been trying.
“That special counsel who wants to take this to the brink of a constitutional crisis, with 49 areas of questions that he wants to ask Donald Trump â€˜has nothing to do with Donald Trump and only has to do with Russia,” said Levin.
â€œAll these phony civil libertarians, all these phony quasi-slip and fall lawyers. How easy it is for them to dismiss the tyranny out of government control â€“ its unbelievable when you put this stuff together, the unmasking that took place,” Levin went on. “The FISA application. The dossier, with Hillary Clinton and the DNC funding it. The endless leaks. â€” â€˜this is what the American people would want, donâ€™t ya know.â€™â€
As far as we know, Gowdy hasn’t refuted any of Nunes’ claims. So why did he say what he said? Why is he defending the indefensible?
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