It turns out that the disconnect between the more conservative wing of the Republican Party in the House of Representatives and establishment legislators runs deeper than most Americans thought, and are now being accused of being part of the “Deep State.”
Leave it one of President Trump’s staunchest allies, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R), to throw those perceived to be disloyal to Trump under the bus.
Rep. Gaetz has called out former Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy and House leadership for failing Americans during the early stages of the now-debunked Russian collusion allegation and subsequent investigation.
Moments after Gowdy appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity,” Gaetz also came on the show, and with an ounce of sarcasm, brought up the “exquisite questions” Gowdy asked of the “corrupt officials” tied to the investigation.
By his own admission, Gowdy never issued a subpoena.
“Why was it then that in late May of 2018 that Trey Gowdy went on Martha MacCallum’s show and said that the F.B.I. did exactly what all of our fellow Americans would have wanted them to do and it had nothing to do with Donald Trump?” said Gaetz
“Both of those things 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 two statements untrue,” he added.
Gaetz continued, divulging that House Conservatives urged then-Republican leadership to allow them “subpoena power” to question witnesses, but were denied.
Gowdy is no traitor. He patriotically represented the USA in court before being elected.
He is a brilliant lawyer, far smarter & more accomplished than me.
I just wish he had been *our* brilliant lawyer throughout.
Because on May 29, 2018, he was theirs. And he knew better. https://t.co/4jPyKXAWNT
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) May 10, 2020
“Unfortunately when [Rep. Devin] Nunes and [Rep. Mark] Meadows and [Rep. Jim] Jordan and I wanted subpoena power it was Paul Ryan and Trey Gowdy that wouldn’t give us that subpoena power. Democrats sent out hundreds of subpoenas,” he said.
“When he had control and could have run this to ground in 2017, we didn’t send out one single subpoena, not one,” he said, calling that decision “a failure of our Republican leadership.”
Gaetz’s criticism of Gowdy didn’t end when the interview did. Over the weekend, the popular congressman from the Panhandle of Florida questioned how Gowdy was so “effective getting admissions from the Deep State behind closed doors in 2017,” but then turn around in 2018 and “defend the Deep State” when it used the compromised Steele Dossier when it justified the recently uncovered setup of General Flynn.
“I just wish he had been *our* brilliant lawyer throughout. Because on May 29, 2018, he was theirs. And he knew better,” tweeted Gaetz.