Trey Gowdy: ‘If I Were Trump, I’d Think the FBI Was Out to Get Me Too’
Former South Carolina Republican Rep says President is justified in anger at agency
Former South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy sympathized with President Donald Trump by saying he was justified in his anger toward the way the FBI treated him.
Gowdy said during a brief interview Thursday with Martha MacCallum that the actions of high-ranking FBI officials were enough to raise suspicion that they were “out to get” Trump.
Trump blasted at former FBI Director James Comey during his post-acquittal speech, saying:
“Had I not fired James Comey, who was a disaster, by the way, it’s possible I wouldn’t even be standing here right now.”
“If I didn’t fire James Comey, we would have never found this stuff,” Trump continued.
“When I fired that sleazebag, all Hell broke out.”
MacCallum noted the president had “very strong words. But when you look at the Mueller report and the FISA process, you can understand where it’s coming from.”
“Yeah, Peter Strzok, the lead case agent on this Russia probe, was talking about impeaching Donald Trump before Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler were,” Gowdy agreed.
“Let that sink in. The lead agent for the FBI mentioned impeaching Trump before Schiff and Nadler did.”
Gowdy highlighted the behavior of the FBI, arguing the “defensive briefing” was really just an interview because they already thought Trump was guilty of some impropriety.
“You have James Comey, who thinks impeachment is too good for him. You have John Brennan that thinks he should be in the dustpan of history," Gowdy said.
"You have Andy McCabe, who after Comey was fired, launched another investigation into Trump,” Gowdy said as he laid out all the characters.
“Martha, if I were Donald Trump, I would think the FBI was out to get me, too.”
MacCallum said that Trump appeared to believe that firing Comey was actually what saved him because it removed the person who had allowed such behavior to develop.
“Yeah, I would correct the president’s narrative only to this extent,” Gowdy replied.
“He replaced Comey with Mccabe. That is hardly moving up the draft board. It was only when Chris Wray came in that I think you had a dispassionate, objective, law enforcement centered person. McCabe was no better than Comey.”
In October, Gowdy joined Trump's team as outside counsel to help fight the impeachment battle.
Last month, Gowdy stated that the Democrats' goal with impeachment is NOT to remove Donald Trump from office, but instead to "neuter" the president's second term.
Gowdy told Fox News’s Sean Hannity on Thursday that Democrats are focused on kneecapping President Trump's second term by flipping the Senate so he can’t get anything done.