Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz took a stunning shot Friday evening not at Democrats but rather at two of his colleagues — or former colleagues, that is.
Minutes after former House Oversight Committee chair Trey Gowdy spoke with Fox News host Sean Hannity about the just-unearthed questions he’d asked of Obama-era officials during the committee’s own Russian collusion investigation in late 2017 and early 2018, Gaetz showed up with some unexpected pushback.
“I’m glad you went through Trey Gowdy’s exquisite questions in 2017 to these corrupt officials,” he said almost sarcastically on FNC’s “Hannity.”
Given all we've learned, this is hard to understand. pic.twitter.com/dcwSRyNC8W— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) May 9, 2020
Those remarks were eagerly broadcast by the media at the time as a “rebuke” of the president’s since-confirmed “Spygate” allegations.
“Both of those things [Gowdy said to MacCallum] 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 statements untrue,” Gaetz continued.
Transcripts from the House Oversight Committee’s Russian collusion investigation were finally released this week by current committee chair Adam Schiff, a Democrat, after pressure was applied by acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell.
These transcripts show Gowdy hammering Obama-era officials such as Andrew McCabe, Susan Rice, Samantha Power, Ben Rhodes and Sally Yates with tough questions about their Russian collusion delusion investigation.
More tellingly, they show these same officials replying with answers that Gowdy himself admitted earlier Friday evening “ought to scare the hell out of you.”
Yet when questioned about this same matter in May of 2018, Gowdy turned around and defended these Obama-era officials. And years later, not a single one of these figures has been held accountable.
“The number one question I get asked from Americans is why no one is gone to jail and been held accountable,” Gaetz noted, adding that part of the reason why is because the GOP had failed at its duties when it controlled the House.
“Unfortunately, when [Devin] Nunes, [Mark] Meadows, [Jim] Jordan and I wanted subpoena power, it was [then-House Speaker] Paul Ryan and [Oversight Committee chair] Trey Gowdy who wouldn’t give us that power,” he said.
“Democrats sent out hundreds of subpoenas when we had control and could have run this to ground in 2017. We didn’t send out a single subpoena. Not one. And that’s a failure of our Republican leadership.”
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