Bill Palmer has an interesting take on Gowdy who has announced he is not seeking reelection:
Trey Gowdy decided that he was going to attend the intel briefing [about the Russia collusion investigagtion] alongside [House Intel Committee Chairman Devin] Nunes, for reasons that weren’t clear. The bipartisan Gang of Eight ended up intervening and forcing its way into being briefed as well, but Gowdy still participated. Now he’s speaking out about it.-RW
Trey Gowdy just went on Fox News of all places, and announced this: “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.” Now we know why he wanted to attend the Nunes briefing. He wanted to be able to come out of it and publicly confirm that the FBI hadn’t done anything wrong, and that Trump is full of it. So what is Gowdy really up to?
Back when Trey Gowdy announced he was retiring, he admitted that he’s been too hyper-partisan as a politician, and he stated that he wanted to become a judge or prosecutor. That’s the kind of job you only get if you can paint yourself as being reasonable. So we believe that Gowdy is throwing Trump under the bus in an effort at positioning himself as honest and unbiased. He’s seen the evidence...he wants to be on the right side of it so he can get a gig in the judicial branch. Of course none of this means Gowdy can be trusted – but he’s clearly betting on Trump going down.