Former House Oversight Chair Trey Gowdy continues to reveal what he knows about exactly what happened during the 2016 election, when literally everyone was positive Hillary Clinton would handily defeat now-President Donald Trump.
Gowdy, of course, has seen documentation and transcripts few others have seen, so when he drops truth bombs on Fox News, where he is now a contributor, it’s wise to listen.
On this edition of “What Trey Gowdy Knows,” the former Congressman appeared on “Sunday Morning Futures” with host Maria Bartiromo and suggested the FBI gave two different intelligence briefings to candidates Clinton and Trump in August 2016, defensive briefings that “focused on the broad range of threats posed by foreign intelligence entities.”
During a Sunday interview on Fox News, Gowdy referenced how the campaigns of both Clinton and then-candidate Donald Trump received counterintelligence “defensive” briefings, but claimed they were not the same. Gowdy said the FBI provided “two different kinds of defensive briefings to candidates depending on who you like and who you don’t,” and coupled with how the FBI withheld transcript material from the FISA court, “then your bias begins to impact the investigation.”
Trump’s briefing was coordinated by Strzok, which raised red flags among Republicans. According to Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, it made no mention of the counterintelligence investigation into members of the Trump team that he opened less than three weeks prior.
In recent weeks Gowdy, who was chairman of the Oversight Committee until he left Congress at the beginning of this year, has spoken out about classified information he claims “has the potential to be a game changer.” Last month he discussed unreleased transcripts of recorded conversations between FBI informants and former Trump campaign associate George Papadopoulos. Gowdy said “one in particular has the potential to actually persuade people” and noted this “exculpatory evidence related to Papadopoulos was not included in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications targeting former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.”
Gowdy said the potential game-changer transcript should be released to the American public, and he also noted that it had in fact changed his mind about the Mueller investigation, of which he had originally been supportive.
“[W]hen 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 and then you put that together with Strzok and Page and the defensive briefings, remember, Maria, the defense of [former FBI Director James] Comey and the media and the Democrats has always been, yeah, some of the FBI was biased against Trump, and it didn’t really matter. This really matters,” Gowdy said.
None of this is really all that surprising at this point, but the more details are released about the collusion sham, the more corrupt the federal government begins to look because efforts to help Hillary defeat Trump by smearing him seem to have come from several coordinated corners. As Democrats begin to declare their candidacies for 2020, it might be good to ask incumbents what they knew — if anything — about events during the election of 2016.
Watch Gowdy’s full interview below.