During a Tuesday evening interview on Fox News, House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) dismissed President Trump’s accusation that the FBI was “spying” on his campaign in 2016.
Gowdy was asked by host Martha MacCallum what he thinks about Trump’s claims after attending a briefing last week with FBI officials. The briefing, which one of Trump’s lawyers attended, was about documents pertinent to the ongoing criminal investigation of the president’s campaign.
“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,” Gowdy said.
Gowdy went on to express concerns about Trump’s attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team. Watch:
After the interview with Gowdy ended, Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano echoed the oversight chairman’s sentiments.
“He’s really the perfect person to talk to about this, because he’s seen a lot of things that the rest of us have not see,” Napolitano said of Gowdy. “But the allegations by [Trump’s lawyer, Rudy] Giuliani over the weekend which would us to believe that the Trump people think the FBI had an undercover agent who inveigled his way into the campaign and was there as a spy on the campaign seem to be baseless. There is no evidence for that whatsoever.”
MacCallum’s show was immediately followed by Trump’s rally in Nashville. During his speech, Trump ranted about “spygate” as though his allegations are factual, saying, “So how do you like the fact they had people infiltrating our campaign? Can you imagine? Can you imagine?”
“Can you imagine people infiltrating our campaign?” Trump continued. “Is there anybody in this big, beautiful arena right now that’s infiltrating our campaign? Would you please raise your hand?…You take a look at what’s going on. Never in the history of our country has something taken place like took place during this election.”
Trump attacks "crooked Hillary" as the crowd chants "lock her up!" then goes on a bizarre rant about #spygate.
"Is there anybody in this big, beautiful arena right now that's infiltrating our campaign? Will you please raise your hand." pic.twitter.com/uQt3nMw8xm
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 30, 2018
Trump has also falsified a quote from former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper in an attempt to substantiate his claim that the FBI was inappropriately surveilling his campaign. While Gowdy, who is retiring from office after the current term, is willing to speak out publicly about the baselessness of Trump’s accusations, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) has accused members of Congress who publicly debunk Trump of leaking classified information.