Former South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy is back in the media spotlight, and the reason why is eye-opening.
During an appearance on Fox News, Gowdy told Maria Bartiromo of “Sunday Morning Futures” that while he initially supported special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, one particular piece of evidence changed his mind.
He suggested FBI transcripts involving conversations between former Trump campaign associate George Papadopoulos and an FBI informant shifted his entire perspective on the investigation.
“Some of us have seen transcripts of those conversations,” Gowdy said. “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.
“This really matters. When you have exculpatory information, and you don’t share it with a court … then your bias begins to impact the investigation.”
It’s worth recalling that when Mueller first started his investigation, Gowdy did indeed support him.
“I told my Republican colleagues, ‘Leave him the hell alone,’ and that’s still my advice,” Gowdy told Fox News in January 2018, according to Politico.
Since that day, a lot has changed for the now-former lawmaker.
Last month, Gowdy — who was on the House Intelligence Committee and led the House Oversight Government Reform Committee before stepping down at the end of his term — suggested that monumental evidence was kept hidden by the FBI when the bureau was securing Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants to spy on Trump campaign associate Carter Page.
Gowdy, along with some congressional Republicans, believe certain transcripts contained evidence that would vindicate the Trump campaign, TheBlaze noted.
As The Daily Caller pointed out, “Republicans have hinted at the existence of a transcript that contains exculpatory information for Papadopoulos, who the FBI claims was the catalyst for its counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign.”
In fact, if the FBI hadn’t intentionally withheld that information from the FISA court, the bureau’s case for acquiring a warrant against Page would have likely been shot down from the get-go.
“There is some information in these transcripts that I think has the potential to be a game-changer if it’s ever made public,” Gowdy said last month.
Attorney General William Barr could be the one to make the transcripts public, as President Donald Trump gave him total authority to declassify documents related to the Russia probe.
Whether or not Barr will take Trump up on his offer is yet to be determined.
At this point, Americans are more than exhausted with the Russia investigation nonsense and presumably happy it’s all but over.
The investigation took far too much money and manpower, and it didn’t result in Trump being marched into a prison cell, like many Democrat politicians and their liberal followers no doubt fantasized about.
The Democrat leaders calling for further related investigations need cut their losses and move on to the other problems that are facing the nation.
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