Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Why Did Trey Gowdy Just Throw Donald Trump Under the Bus?

Trey Gowdy
Since President Trump took office, Representative Trey Gowdy seemed to be in Trump's corner, backing him up on many issues including the Russia collusion investigation, but he appears to have now flipped and most recently said the FBI infiltration of the 2016 Trump presidential campaign was justified,

What gives?

 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.

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.


  1. So I’ve come to realize that the whole Russia-gate thing actually may be good politics on the part of the democrats.

    Of course their own side will go for it because they’ll do anything to take down Trump. And, perhaps more importantly, many republicans are insane xenophobes and paranoid anti-communists who would be totally willing to buy into such a conspiracy if it didn’t threaten their dear leader. So it’s totally possible that some will defect at the first signs of trouble for Trump.

    Contrast this with the Obama birther scandal, where it was always unlikely that any democrats would cross the line, as they were somewhat more averse to appearing to be anti-foreign bigots.

  2. I'm clueless. The Russia collusion thing is a total hoax. Everyone, including Mueller, knows it's a total hoax. But so many of them act like it's a real thing. What the hell is going on?

    1. You may be right, but we should cheer hoaxes like this, and hope for many more of them at the same time (with the one caveat that it is painful to have to foot the bill for this stuff). The more time the political class spends infighting, perhaps the less time it will spend dreaming up new ways to crush our liberties and endanger the homeland.

    2. @TheNAPster

      While you make some valid points, on net I’m not sure I agree. Frivolous allegations like collusion with Russia serve to inoculate Trump from the many, many valid criticisms of his policy views. They cause Trump critics in general to be painted as paranoid, partisan, “haters”, etc. and to be tuned out by those who might otherwise be receptive.

      (On a side note, I’m still confused as to why anyone who was alive during the Cold War and the ever-present threat of MAD would be distressed by the prospect of a cozy relationship between the US and Russian leadership.)

    3. Evan, I agree with you about the impact of these allegations. However, I don't think that more prominent criticism of individual politicians will convert statists to libertarians; more likely, statists who buy the criticism will just assume that they need to support different politicians ("We just have to elect the right ruler."). Thus, on balance, I'd rather have these types of distractions (minus the cost to taxpayers) for their more beneficial effects.

      (On your side note, remember when HRC as the new SoS presented Russia with a "Reset" button, to signify an attempt to have a better relationship? And remember when Romney was mercilessly mocked by the Democrats for suggesting in a debate with Obama that Russia was the key foreign policy challenge? These days, we can't even count on the Democrats to push for more friendly relations.)

    4. @Evan,

      It is quite clear - at least to me - why the political class don't want a cozy relationship with Russia. Russia is a (mainly) White Christian country that does not buy into the globalist new world order. For that they must be destroyed.

  3. So the Republican Congressmen running for re-election in "Trumps corner” aren’t there for political reasons? Nonsense. Trey Gowdy is the only (or main) House Republican who's been reading these intelligence documents. Nunes, Trump's water carrier, couldn’t read these documents if his life depended on it. His field is Agriculture.