If there’s one thing that can be said of the 2018 version of Republican Trey Gowdy, it’s that his behavior has been unpredictable, yet incredibly intriguing.
At first, it seemed as if he was determined to sabotage Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation along with House Intel Committee Chairman Devin Nunes. Then, when Nunes released his highly controversial memo alleging the FBI abused its surveillance tools, Gowdy suddenly decided it was time to retire rather than to seek reelection, claiming he wanted to become a judge or prosecutor.
However, as strange as that may have seemed at the time, it doesn’t compare to his recent announcement on Fox News, which more or less threw Trump completely under the bus. But before we get into that, let’s dive into what got him to that point.
Last week, under the excuse of congressional oversight, Trump and Nunes attempted to get their hands on the Trump-Russia evidence against them. For some reason, Trey Gowdy thought it would be a good idea to attend the intel briefing alongside Nunes. As a result, he was there for the whole thing, including the bipartisan Gang of Eight intervention. Afterward, he felt compelled to discuss what he had witnessed.
Now, here’s what Gowdy shared via Fox News:
“I am even more convinced that the FBI did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do when they got the information they got, and that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump.”
In other words, after having attended the Nunes briefing, he wanted to clear the air a bit by letting the general public know that the FBI has done nothing wrong, and that Trump’s constant attempts to discredit the special counsel’s ongoing investigation are ridiculously futile.
So…what exactly did Gowdy hear that convinced him of this? Or perhaps more importantly, what is it that transformed the once hyper-partisan politician into this seemingly unbiased witness that is now throwing Donald Trump under the bus?
Well, considering he desires to become a judge or prosecutor, it’s clear he wants to be seen as reasonable, honest, and…unbiased. Whether that image holds up in the long run remains to be seen, but it’s a start nonetheless.