Trey Gowdy says his defense of FBI during Russia probe was a ‘mistake’

Former Republican South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy is in hot water over past remarks praising the FBI’s investigation of President Donald Trump.

On a recent episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight, Gowdy admitted that he had been wrong in his positive assessment of the Russia probe, saying he had been misled by agency officials.

Controversial comments resurface

As the Washington Examiner reports, host Tucker Carlson began by showing footage from two years ago in which Gowdy can be heard defending the FBI’s handling of the Trump–Russia collusion investigation.

“As of now, I think Chris Wray and Rod Rosenstein are stunned whenever people think Trump is the target of their investigation,” Gowdy said during the Fox News interview from May of 2018.

“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,” he continued.

That statement wasn’t an anomaly, as Gowdy reiterated a similar message during an appearance on CBS This Morning that same month.

“When the FBI comes into contact with information of about what a foreign government may be doing in our election cycle, I think they have an obligation to run it out,” he insisted, adding:

Based on what I have seen, I don’t know what the FBI could have done or should have done other than run out a lead that someone loosely connected with the campaign was making assertions about Russia, I would think you would want the FBI to find out whether there was any validity to what those people were saying.

Gowdy’s mea culpa

However, when he was interviewed by Carlson on Monday, the longtime Republican and former prosecutor had a very different outlook on things.

“I went over to the Department of Justice,” Gowdy explained. “I sat there for four hours. That’s when I saw that Peter Strzok actually initiated and approved Crossfire Hurricane.”

“That’s when I saw the exculpatory information on George Papadopoulos. That’s when I saw, for the very first time, that it was the Trump campaign mentioned in that predicate document,” he added.

According to National Review, Gowdy concluded by blaming himself for not being more skeptical of federal authorities, stating, “My mistake was relying on the word of the FBI and the DOJ and not insisting on the documents.”

Hopefully, the lesson has been learned.

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