Well, this is a shocker. It’s not every day that Trey Gowdy speaks the truth. But even he knows that the House Intelligence Committee’s report was bullshit.
On Tuesday, Trey Gowdy, one of the top Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, tried to distance himself from the report put out by the committee saying that Russia did not try to help Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
“Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina said that the evidence gathered by the committee clearly showed Russia’s disdain for Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton, and was “motivated in whole or in part by a desire to harm her candidacy or undermine her Presidency had she prevailed.””
A source told Politico that Gowdy sees no difference between trying to hurt Clinton and trying to help Trump. They are the same thing leading to the same result. The source added that Gowdy “disagrees with the conclusion” in the Republican report that the intelligence community got it wrong when they determined that Russia tried to help Trump.
“He believes the debate over whether desiring a negative outcome for Clinton necessarily meant Russia had a preference for candidate Trump is a distinction that doesn’t make a difference,” the source said.
The Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee led by Rep. Mike Conaway released a report on Monday that said there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. The report also says that they agree with 98% of what the intelligence community has concluded. But they don’t agree with the fact that Putin preferred Trump.
It’s amazing how Republicans will disagree with actual facts. Apparently, they will go to absolutely any length to protect Trump – no matter how absurd they sound.
“The conclusion that Putin was trying to help Trump, we don’t think that’s supported by the underlying data,” Conaway said.
Monday night, Republican Chris Stewart said on CNN,
“The CIA just got it wrong. The CIA just got it wrong, just like they did, by the way, in the Gulf War, when they said there were weapons of mass destruction.”
Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, sees things differently.
“It had been our hope for some time that even if there were areas of disagreement with the majority, that we could at least come together on a report that validated the findings of the intelligence community,” Schiff told reporters at the Capitol. “If this is where the GOP is coming from, it represents to me the completeness of their capitulation to the White House, and that leaves very little common ground.”
It’s not very often that Trey Gowdy is more aligned with Adam Schiff than he is to his own party. But these are strange times we are living in indeed.