Depending on your political leanings, a recent interview with Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) either proved that Donald Trump overreacted to reports of the FBI spying on his campaign — or confirmed that the ‘deep state’ is out to get him.
In an interview with CBS, Gowdy dismissed Trump’s anger about the FBI planting informants in his 2016 presidential campaign and said the FBI had an “obligation” to look into any leads it has about foreign governments (in this case Russia) allegedly trying to influence an American election campaign.
Gowdy’s comments immediately drew praise from liberal journalists, commentators, political figures and celebrities, who were quick to announce that it proves‘spygate’ (as the scandal has been dubbed by Trump) is all a big nothingburger and that the FBI had good reason to spy on then-candidate Trump.
We’re starting to see some cracks in the dam. Shepard Smith & Judge Napolitano at Fox, Trey Gowdy & a handful of GOP electeds are starting to tell the truth. We’re a ways off, but if we keep hammering away, TRUTH will burst that dam.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) May 30, 2018
Everybody in the GOP knows Trump is guilty as hell. They're just (rightly) terrified of the consequences of their getting in bed with a traitorous madman. Gowdy and the Napster called bullshit on "Spygate" — merely saying what they all know.https://t.co/YUWsdPshU9
— John Schindler (@20committee) May 30, 2018
“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."
Oh my. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I do believe GOPer Trey Gowdy may have squashed trump’s deranged spygate lie for good. 🤭
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) May 30, 2018
Trump-supporting conservatives, however, had a totally different take on the story and began tweeting that Gowdy’s comments were proof that he was now part of a ‘deep state’ conspiracy to oust Trump from the oval office.
There goes Trey Gowdy cashing those Deep State checks again! #sellout
— Jack Posobiec🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) May 30, 2018
I stopped being a @TGowdySC fan some time ago when it became apparent that he is all hat and no cattle with regard to results. With his latest support for Deep State operations, I'm thankful that we in SC will be represented by somebody else soon.
— LiberalSoupnCrackers (@LibSoupn) May 30, 2018
Even Trump himself decided to pick and choose what to highlight from Gowdy’s comments, tweeting a quote from the interview which was critical of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his decision to recuse himself from the investigation into alleged Russian “meddling” in the 2016 election after it was revealed that he had not disclosed two meetings he held with the Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak in 2016.
In the interview, Gowdy said Trump “could have picked somebody else” for the attorney general job if he had known Sessions would recuse himself from the investigation.
At the end of the quote, Trump added: “And I wish I did!”