Matt Gaetz slams Trey Gowdy, asks why no one is going to jail

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Matt Gaetz

Rep. Matt Gaetz slammed Paul Ryan and Trey Gowdy this week on ‘Hannity’. He brought up the fact that they blocked House Republicans from subpoenaing witnesses in the Flynn case. Now, we have found out that Michael Flynn was framed, and no one is going to jail. Things might have been different if Republicans subpoenaed witnesses. Gowdy and Ryan didn’t allow it.

Gowdy even stuck up for the FBI at Flynn’s expense, saying, “I have every expectation they wanted to flip Flynn on the president, the problem was no one with the campaign was colluding with Russia!”

“Martha, this is not the department of let’s see if we can get away with it! And it’s not the department of let’s see who we can get fired! It is the Department of Justice!”

Gowdy misread the situation.

Gaetz said Gowdy backed the FBI in 2018 and did not support the effort to subpoena Democrats. He wants to know why someone didn’t go to jail. Ryan and Gowdy and a bunch of others denied us subpoena power, he said.

[Democrats then proceeded to walk all over the GOP, Michael Flynn, and Donald Trump.]

THE TRANSCRIPT

SEAN HANNITY: Matt Gaetz, you along with Devin Nunes, and a bunch of others, you guys put a lot on the line. You got a lot right. Everything we told the American people is true.

Your reaction…?

REP. MATT GAETZ (R-FL): Devin Nunes is a patriot, and I’m glad you went through Trey Gowdy’s exquisite questions in 2017 to these corrupt officials, he said sarcastically.

I guess my question, Sean, would be why was it then in May — late May of 2018 that Trey Gowdy went on Martha MacCallum’s show and said that the FBI did exactly what all of our fellow Americans would have wanted them to do and that it had nothing to do with Donald Trump.

Both of those things have now been proven to be not true, and it seems that Gowdy’s brilliant lawyering back in 2017 that we’re only able to see now proves those two statements untrue.

The number one question I get asked from Americans is, why no one has gone to jail and been held accountable? Unfortunately, when Nunes and Meadows and Jordan and I wanted subpoena power, it was Paul Ryan and Trey Gowdy that wouldn’t give us that subpoena power.

Democrats sent out hundreds of subpoenas. When we had control and could have run this to the ground in 2017 —

HANNITY: We made a mistake?

GAETZ: We didn’t send out a single subpoena, not one, and that’s a failure of our Republican leadership.

HANNITY: Should have sent them out.

Watch:

OPINION

Trey Gowdy is bright and great at grilling people, but he has some faults. It wasn’t just Ryan and Gowdy though. Most of the Republicans in Congress claimed it was appropriate to go ahead with the Flynn probe and the entire absurd Russia-Trump investigation based on nothing with no offensive response from Republicans. Lindsey Graham repeatedly said the probe had to proceed to the conclusion, and so did Mitch McConnell. They should have at least questioned people. Republicans are always on the defensive. They did the same thing with the Ukraine hoax. Now we have the misuse of the virus. Fight back!

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5 COMMENTS

  1. This is the fault of worthless and compromised Jeff Sessions, worthless, weak and sexually compromised Lindsay Gay-rahm, Spineless Trey Gowdy and Mitt Romney who all made it possible for the democrats to do what they did! These men are traitors and deserve death!!!

  2. Gowdy did not misread the situation. That’s Hannity’s line, the guy who keeps having a key blocker of investigations, Graham, on his show.

    Gowdy’s role in 2017-2018 supporting the coup is what Gaetz said, and more, as given by some of Gowdy’s statements in 2018. Gowdy served as a mouthpiece for the coup:

    March 2018:

    Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Republican Congressman Rep. Trey Gowdy (S.C.) suggested that Donald Trump is acting guilty and called the president and his lawyer to stop flailing at special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and to let the probe continue unimpeded.

    “When you are innocent … act like it,” Gowdy said on “Fox News Sunday“ when asked about Trump’s repeated Twitter attacks on Mueller, whose probe has become increasingly perilous to the president and his inner circle.

    “If you’ve done nothing wrong, you should want the investigation to be as fulsome and thorough as possible.”

    Gowdy’s comments came a day after Trump’s attorney John Dowd called for Mueller’s investigation to be shut down. Gowdy issued the same exhortation to Dowd: “If you have an innocent client, Mr. Dowd, act like it.”

    April 2018:

    Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on Wednesday urged President Trump to interview with special counsel Robert Mueller, arguing the president is “uniquely” qualified to answer many of Mueller’s questions.

    The chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee argued during an interview on CNN’s “New Day” that speaking with Mueller is not “risky” for Trump if the president has nothing to hide.

    “Only he knows what he knows. So I would tell you, if you did not rob a bank, there is no reason for you not to sit down and talk with the FBI about the bank robbery,” Gowdy said.

    “If you have nothing to hide, sit down. Assuming a fair prosecutor, and I think Mueller is, sit down and tell him what you know,” Gowdy added. “I think he is uniquely well-positioned to answer some of the questions that not just the special counsel but the American people have.”

    Gowdy’s remarks come after a Washington Post report Tuesday night revealed that Trump is not the “target” of Mueller’s investigation but rather the “subject,” a distinction that Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, said is “meaningless” to him but means a great deal more to the FBI.

    “The only word that matters to me in the criminal justice system is defendant,” Gowdy said. “So if you’re not the defendant, whether you’re the target or the subject, I know the FBI gets really caught up in those two words, [but] as a former federal prosecutor they’re meaningless to me.”

    May 2018:

    Rep. Trey Gowdy recently suggested the FBI did nothing wrong when it used at least one government informant to secretly collect information on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Public reports indicate, however, that Gowdy never even reviewed the relevant documents on the matter subpoenaed by Congress. In fact, a spokeswoman for Gowdy told The Federalist that the congressman doesn’t even know what documents and records were subpoenaed by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

    Numerous reports from multiple news outlets indicated that the lawmakers DOJ invited to the briefing were not given access to all of the records HPSCI subpoenaed. Other comments Gowdy made during recent television interviews raise questions about how firm a grasp he has on the investigation and concerns the investigation has raised.

    On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “The Story,” House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) stated that after the briefing regarding informants and the Trump campaign, he is “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.”

    Gowdy said, “What should have him [President Trump] heartened is the fact that Chris Wray, Rod Rosenstein, and all the senior folks at DOJ now were all Trump appointees. So, here’s what’s fair to ask: What did the FBI do? When did they do it? What was the factual predicate upon which they took whatever actions they took, and against whom were they directed? But, remember, Martha, it was President Trump himself who said, number one, I didn’t collude with Russia, but if anyone connected with my campaign did, I want the FBI to find that out. It looks to me like the FBI was doing what President Trump said I want you to do, find it out. He’s not the target.”

    Gowdy added, “Chris Wray and Rod Rosenstein have at least made it clear to us, Donald Trump was never the target of the investigation. He’s not the current target of the investigation. Now, keep in mind, that can all change depending on what a witness says.”

    He further stated, “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.”

  3. Andrew McCabe is claiming that he informed Sen. McConnell, Sen Burr, Speaker Ryan, General Sessions that President Trump may be a Russian asset. This was at a time when the FBI had credibility. This may explain why these four Republicans provided so little support for a Republican President. They, at least partially, believed McCabe. Also, I think that an element of intimidation may be involved. Elected politicians were too frightened of the intelligence apparatus to seek justice. If they can do this to the President, they reason, what all can they do to me?

  4. Gaetz is a low life who is ONLY interested in himself, NOT his constituents. We are planning to kick his sorry right wingnut ass to the curb come NOvember. And good riddance.

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