Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) claimed this week that Americans want the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) snooping in political campaigns, even as he undermined President Donald Trump’s claims of a “spy” in his own.
Those remarks, which Gowdy made to Fox News‘ Martha MacCallum on Tuesday evening and on CBS This Morning on Wednesday, made Gowdy an instant hero to Democrats to the media, were met with blistering criticism from conservatives.
Gowdy told MacCallum that he could not explain why former FBI director James Comey did not give the Trump campaign a “defensive briefing,” if their real concern was to protect the campaign from Russian infiltration. But he added: “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.”
In addition, Gowdy told CBS that he had “never heard the term ‘spy’ used” in his career as a federal prosecutor, adding: “Informants are used all day, every day by law enforcement.”