It goes without saying that former Congressman Trey Gowdy is treated liked royalty by the conservatives in this country.
His reputation may have taken a significant hit, however, when Rep. Gaetz (R-FL) called out Gowdy on Friday for his lack of action regarding the case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, as The Blaze reported.
Did Gowdy drop the ball?
During the initial investigation into General Flynn, Republicans had control of the House. That is significant, especially now that we know how badly the FBI botched the investigation into alleged Trump–Russia collusion — an investigation that found no evidence of wrongdoing by the president and instead, trapped some of his associates, like Flynn, with convictions for process crimes.
At the time the investigation began, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) was the speaker of the House and Rep. Gowdy (R-SC) was running the House Oversight Committee. As such, any subpoenas that would have been handed out by the House to oversee that investigation would have had to have been approved by either of them.
According to Gaetz, he and other members of the Oversight Committee wanted to issue subpoenas, but in Gowdy’s own words, the FBI was doing its job properly — something we now know not to be true.
“Martha, this is not the department of let’s see if we can get away with it! And it’s not the department of let’s see who we can get fired! It is the Department of Justice!” Gowdy insisted in an interview with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum at the time, according to The Blaze.
Newly released transcripts only add to the growing suspicion that the FBI was trying to set up Flynn and get him fired.
Gaetz, for his part, had no problem at all calling Gowdy out on this — and his “brilliant lawyering” — on Friday.
“Why was it then that in late May of 2018 that Trey Gowdy went on Martha MacCallum’s show and said that the FBI did exactly what all of our fellow Americans would have wanted them to do and it had nothing to do with Donald Trump? Both of those things have now been proven to be not true and it seems that Gowdy’s brilliant lawyering back in 2017 that we’re only able to see now proves those two statements untrue,” Gaetz said, according to The Blaze. Take a look:
Why did Trey Gowdy go on TV in May 2018 and say the FBI did what our fellow Americans would have wanted them to do? And that it had nothing to do with @realDonaldTrump?
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) May 9, 2020
This is a bold move by Gaetz, who has created quite a name for himself as one of the most vocal Trump surrogates in Congress. However, he has never tangled with the likes of Trey Gowdy, who remains beloved by conservatives.
Having said that, Gaetz seems to have the upper hand here, and it is now Gowdy who will have to answer for this clear misstep.