Former congressman Trey Gowdy admitted during a Monday appearance Tucker Carlson Tonight that he made a mistake of “relying on the word of the FBI and the DOJ” during hearings on the Trump-Russia probe, saying that he realized his mistake after having the documents pertaining to the opening of the investigation revised.
Carlson played Gowdy a clip of the former Republican South Carolina who said in May 2018 that, after being briefed, he was “ more convinced that the FBI was doing exactly what my fellow citizens wanted them to do if they got the information that they got, and that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump. ‘
When Carlson then asked “do you still feel that way?” Gowdy replied, “Oh god, no.”
“I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life – relying on briefings and not pushing for the documents,” Gowdy explained, saying he changed his mind “about three weeks” after his public comments.
“I went to the Justice Department. I spent four hours there. Then I saw that Peter Strzok initiated and approved Crossfire Hurricane. Then I saw the exculpatory information about George Papadopoulos. That was when I first saw it was the Trump campaign mentioned in that predicate document, “Gowdy explained, adding that the officials who called to testify had” told us all along, “Trump is not the target, the campaign is not the target. “
So yes, my mistake was to rely on the word of the FBI and the DOJ and not insist on the documents. Fortunately, it took me three weeks to correct that mistake, ”Gowdy explained.
Tucker Carlson urges Trey Gowdy to defend the FBI’s actions during the investigation in Russia:
“My mistake was relying on the word of the FBI and the DOJ and not on all documents. Fortunately, it took me about three weeks to correct that mistake. ” pic.twitter.com/nsAXL1lb8g
– Daily caller (@DailyCaller) May 12, 2020
Last week, Adam Intelligence, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, published the transcripts of the 53 probe after House Republicans accused him of “blocking their release.” The documents showed that former Obama administration officials repeatedly denied any collusion between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign.
“I have never seen direct empirical evidence that the Trump campaign or anyone in it was plotting [or] conspire with the Russians to interfere in the elections, “said former national intelligence director James Clapper.