Former South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy said Sunday he believes U.S. Attorney John Durham, assigned to investigate the origins of the ‘Russian collusion’ probe into the 2016 Trump campaign, is also examining whether certain government officials hid evidence from lawmakers and the FBI.
In an appearance on Fox Business Network’s “Sunday Morning Futures” with Maria Bartiromo, Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, said that the Justice Department’s decision not to indict former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has nothing to do with Durham’s investigation.
He noted that the McCabe case DoJ decided to pass on was a “narrow fact pattern” that had to do with something different than Durham’s probe, which is actually a criminal investigation.
Asked whether it was possible that McCabe was under investigation by Durham now or whether he could be cooperating with Durham’s investigation, Gowdy said either of those things is possible.
“It could be that he’s simply not guilty, it could be that he’s cooperating with John Durham, or it could be that he’s still under investigation for other fact patterns not related to that discrete with with the leak in the [Hillary] Clinton email investigation,” Gowdy said.
As to what Durham is actually investigating, the former South Carolina lawmaker said there are three things he’s looking at.
One, he’s examining the origins of the ‘Russian collusion’ counterintelligence operation against the 2016 Trump campaign begun during the Obama Administration. Also, Durham is probably looking at how several Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court warrants were obtained by the FBI to spy on a member of the Trump campaign, Carter Page.
Third, Gowdy believes that Durham is also attempting to find out whether ranking officials of the U.S. intelligence community — particularly former CIA Director John Brennan — may have hid evidence from federal agents and congressional investigators regarding when the counterintelligence operation into the Trump campaign actually began.
For instance, as Bartiromo noted on a timeline, there are instances where known intelligence assets were making contact with Trump campaign officials as early as December 2015, though ‘officially,’ according to Brennan and others who testified before Congress, the counterintelligence probe did not begin until June 2016.
“I could not be more clear,” Gowdy said of his time as head of the House Government Oversight Committee investigating the Russian collusion probe. “We asked the DoJ and FBI repeatedly, ‘Did anything happen before June of 2016?’ and the answer was always the same, nothing happened with respect to the Trump campaign before June of 2016.
“And if something did happen, then either the FBI misrepresented the facts to us, or, if it wasn’t the FBI, it was another agency that was doing it,” Gowdy continued. “Both of those are important to know and John Durham, I hope, is going to be able to answer that question.”
Gowdy also added he believes Durham is looking at an “Intelligence Community Assessment” (ICA) Brennan prepared towards the end of the Obama Administration to see if “all the right information made its way into” the document.