Trey Gowdy just issued a response to the release of the “memo” that throws Trump under the bus

- Februari 02, 2018

With the release of the now declassified memo written by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) to try to discredit the FBI’s investigation of Trump’s collusion with Russia, Republicans are beginning to weigh in on Twitter, disclosing through their reactions whether they value the success of their own party over the impartial pursuit of justice.

Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who recently announced that he will not be seeking reelection to Congress, took to the social media service to give his take on the release of the memo that he voted to release along with the rest of the Republican House Intelligence Committee members.

Gowdy is referring to the infamous dossier compiled by former British Intelligence agent Christopher Steele for private intelligence firm Fusion GPS that was initially commissioned by conservative Republican opponents of Donald Trump during the Republican primaries before being taken over by the Clinton campaign after Trump clinched the Republican nomination.

Gowdy claims that it’s important to know that the memo was vetted, but the fact is that the vast majority of the memo, outside of the salacious golden showers incident, has already been confirmed by other sources and by subsequent investigations. In fact, the indictments of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, his colleague Rick Gates, and Foreign Policy Advisor George Papadopoulos are evidence that the material in the dossier has enough basis in fact to contribute to a grand jury’s decision to proceed with the prosecution of these close Trump associates.

Moreover, if the Republicans on the Committee hadn’t voted against releasing the Democratic response to Nunes hastily revised memo, the real answers to the questions Gowdy raises might actually be answered in full, rather than relying on a memo drafted as a way to protect Trum by discrediting the FBI’s investigative methods.

Gowdy’s next tweets on the memo are quite perplexing since they seem to contradict the tenor of his previous tweet.

While Gowdy apparently only distrusts a few people at the FBI and Department of Justice, it’s good to know that none of this affects his opinion of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

If as Gowdy says, “The contents of this memo do not – in any way – discredit his investigation,” then what was the point of releasing the classified material in the memo to begin with?

Congress just renewed the law enabling FISA domestic surveillance so obviously they have no problem with the idea of enabling the FBI to watch U.S. citizens when national security is at risk.

The only reason to release this memo and prevent the public from seeing the Democratic response is to discredit the investigation into the President, Gowdy’s public denials to the contrary.

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