The media is pushing two narratives.
The first is Donald Trump is lying about Obama wiretapping Trump Tower.
The second is the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia during the election.
Trey Gowdy gave his answer on both charges in one explosive interview.
When Gowdy was asked about Trump’s claims of wiretapping– which the media is reporting to be false based on their “anonymous sources”, he responded that Congress – and not the media – should be conducting this investigation.
He also slammed the presses reliance on anonymous sources.
The Daily Caller reported:
“Trey Gowdy criticized journalists reporting on alleged wire-tapping at Trump Tower in New York City, for relying on “anonymous sources” and “leaked information” during a Monday interview on Fox News.
“I think Congress is much better equipped to do investigations than journalists are,” the South Carolina Republican told host bill Hemmer. “We can’t rely on anonymous sources. We can’t rely on leaked information, classified information which in and of itself is a crime.”
“So with all due respect, to the reporters, I can’t cross-examine anonymous sources. You can’t even directly examine them. It’s a lot easier to write a news piece than it is to conduct an investigation.”
“What Congress needs is access to the witnesses, access to the documents and they need to understand we don’t run parallel, criminal investigations,” Gowdy continued. “We have a job to do, but it is not to investigate crime.”
The media has tried to claim no evidence exists that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower.
Reporting from the campaign alleges the Obama administration did obtain a FISA warrant to monitor a server in Trump Tower because the FBI believed it was communicating with a Russian bank.
This proved to be false.
Heat Street reported the FBI obtained a FISA warrant for Trump Tower after being turned down from trying to obtain a warrant to spy on Donald Trump:
“Two separate sources with links to the counter-intelligence community have confirmed to Heat Street that the FBI sought, and was granted, a FISA court warrant in October, giving counter-intelligence permission to examine the activities of ‘U.S. persons’ in Donald Trump’s campaign with ties to Russia.
Contrary to earlier reporting in the New York Times, which cited FBI sources as saying that the agency did not believe that the private server in Donald Trump’s Trump Tower which was connected to a Russian bank had any nefarious purpose, the FBI’s counter-intelligence arm, sources say, re-drew an earlier FISA court request around possible financial and banking offenses related to the server. The first request, which, sources say, named Trump, was denied back in June, but the second was drawn more narrowly and was granted in October after evidence was presented of a server, possibly related to the Trump campaign, and its alleged links to two banks; SVB Bank and Russia’s Alfa Bank. While the Times story speaks of metadata, sources suggest that a FISA warrant was granted to look at the full content of emails and other related documents that may concern US persons.”
All of the reporting – alleging the FBI spied on Trump Tower and denying such monitoring took place – is based solely on anonymous sources.
Gowdy is correct that this should be investigated by Congress – because they rely on documents, facts, and witnesses.
In his interview, Gowdy was also asked about the Trump campaign colluding with Russia, since he sits on the House Intelligence Committee and has had access to the information gathered by the intelligence community during the investigation.
Gowdy declared there was no evidence linking the Trump campaign to Russia, and even stated he spoke with people who would know and they told him such accusations were “demonstrably false.”
In just one interview, Gowdy knocked down two of media’s biggest lies about Trump.