While Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) might not be as big of a household name as Donald Trump or Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, that doesn’t make him any less of a scumbag. As one of the main figures behind the GOP’s Benghazi propaganda, Gowdy has a rather extensive record of proving he’s nothing more than a self-serving coward who continually puts his political party over his country.
So it should come as no surprise that after years acting as if Benghazi was one of the biggest political scandals in U.S. history, this partisan hypocrite has comically tried downplaying the significance of allegations concerning Trump’s possible collusion with Russia during last year’s election. He’s been one of the many Republicans who’ve desperately tried to make this story about the leaks instead of, you know, the possibility that our current “president” might have committed treason.
Well, on Tuesday during the House Intelligence Committee’s hearings into the Trump/Russia scandals, Gowdy essentially tried to trick former CIA Director John Brennan into helping Trump by getting him to say that he hadn’t seen any evidence of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
He failed miserably.
“Did evidence exist, of collusion, coordination, conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian state actors at the time you learned of the 2016 efforts,” Gowdy asked.
From my perspective, the specificity of Gowdy’s question implied he was hoping to get a relatively generic answer from Brennan. He seemed to think that the former CIA director would say that, at that time, he hadn’t seen any concrete evidence linking Trump’s campaign and Russian agents.
Except that’s not the answer Gowdy received.
“I’m aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between officials and U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign that I was concerned about because of known Russian efforts on such individuals,” Brennan said.
“And it raised questions in my mind, again, whether or not the Russians were able to gain the cooperation of those individuals,” he added. “I don’t know whether or not such collusion — that’s your term — existed. I don’t know. But I know there was a sufficient basis of information and intelligence that required further investigation by the bureau [FBI] to determine whether or not U.S. persons were actively conspiring, colluding with Russian officials.”
Frustrated with Brennan’s answer, Gowdy then tried pressing him to name specific individuals who might be targets of the investigation, only to have the former CIA director inform him, twice, that was classified information.
This exchange couldn’t have gone much worse for Gowdy. His poor attempt at a “gotcha” question did nothing more than force the former head of the CIA to reveal that he saw evidence of Russian agents communicating with Trump’s campaign and that there was “a sufficient basis of information and intelligence” that led to the investigations that are still on-going. Meaning that, despite the best efforts of Trump and many members of the Republican Party to downplay these allegations, there’s clearly some substantial evidence they’re looking into. Otherwise there’s no reason for these investigations to still be active.
Keep in mind, these began last July — nearly a year ago. Proving that this is no small-time, let’s look into a few phone calls ordeal we’re looking at here.
So while Donald Trump continues to act like these allegations against him are all “FAKE NEWS!,” and Republicans like Rep. Trey Gowdy are out there putting party before country, based on the factual information we know, it’s clear that something went on during last year’s election between Trump’s campaign and Russia. The only real question now is was this mostly innocent communication by Russian officials simply trying to feel out associates of Trump to see if they could be compromised, or did it evolve into actual, treasonous collusion between the campaign and these Russian agents.
I’ve been clear concerning my feelings on the matter, but I guess only time will tell how this all turns out.
Watch the exchange below via MSNBC: