Former Republican South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, who served as chairman of the House Oversight Committee, joined Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on her Sunday Morning Futures program and seemed to confirm something that has only been suspected up until now about the preferences of certain FBI officials with respect to the presidential campaigns of candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Gowdy strongly implied that bias against Trump and in favor of Clinton was evident in 2016 based on what he characterized as “two different kinds of defensive briefings” that the FBI delivered to the respective campaigns, rather than providing identical briefings to both candidates to ensure their equal ability to address threats from foreign actors.
Change of perspective
The Washington Examiner reported that Bartiromo first referenced some things that Gowdy said in a prior appearance on the program about FBI informants who had allegedly “entrapped” members of Trump’s campaign, and how Gowdy previously insinuated that he had seen “exculpatory evidence” about campaign staffers George Papadopoulos and Carter Page in unreleased transcripts that altered his impressions of the investigations and undermined the entire Russian collusion narrative.
Gowdy noted that any time the FBI talked to a potential target there would be either a recording or notes of what was said, and again intimated that he’d seen particular transcripts of conversations, the contents of which apparently changed his outlook on everything.
“I was supportive of [special counsel Robert] Mueller, of the idea to initiate, to investigate what Russia did,” Gowdy said. “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.”
“But when you have information that someone you think has done something wrong has, in fact, not done something wrong, when you have exculpatory information and you don’t share it with others,” Gowdy said.
“And then you put that together with [FBI agent Peter] Strzok and [FBI attorney Lisa] Page and the defensive briefings — remember, Maria, the defense of [fired FBI Director James] Comey and the media and the Democrats have always been, ‘yeah, some of the FBI was biased against Trump, and it didn’t really matter,'” he continued.
“Uh, this really matters,” Gowdy said. “When you have exculpatory information and you don’t share it with a court, when you give two different kinds of defensive briefings to the candidates depending on who you like and who you don’t, then their bias begins to impact the investigation.”
“That’s what I saw when I saw the transcript, but your viewers should be entitled to make up their own minds,” he added, to which Bartiromo exclaimed what he had revealed was “unbelievable.”
Inherently dangerous bias
Gowdy noted as a former prosecutor that when there is exculpatory evidence — “something that tends to show the person didn’t do what you think they may have done” — there is a “Constitutional obligation” to turn that information over.
It has become increasingly apparent that this duty was not met.
There can be little doubt left that the top tier of the FBI in 2016 was biased against Trump, and Gowdy’s revelation that the FBI hid exculpatory evidence that would exonerate Trump campaign members and delivered substantively different defensive briefings to the two presidential candidates is just the latest evidence to confirm that the political predispositions of FBI officials played a critical role in the bureau’s potentially unlawful actions during that period of time.