Trey Gowdy has had an eventful past few days. He ended his participation in the Devin Nunes memo stunt just before it was released. Then he announced he’s quitting Congress at the end of his term. Then he went on television, distanced himself from Donald Trump’s interpretation of the memo, and sang Robert Mueller’s praises as loudly as he could. Even as we try to decipher all of that, Gowdy slipped up and gave away something crucial about the Trump-Russia investigation while he was running his mouth about it.
Gowdy hit the Sunday morning talk show circuit to try to make the case that the Trump-Russia investigation is fully valid, whether or not the controversial Trump-Russia dossier ends up being fully vindicated. His reasoning was solid: the investigation originated from several other sources of information. But for some reason he got oddly specific in the process.
Gowdy said that “The dossier has nothing to do with the meeting at Trump Tower. The dossier has nothing to do with an email sent by Cambridge Analytica.” For once, we agree with something Gowdy said. Here’s the thing. Everyone knows Donald Trump Jr’s Trump Tower meeting with the Russian government is a central focus of the scandal and investigation, so of course it made sense for Gowdy to reference this. But why on earth would he choose the Cambridge Analytica email as his other flashpoint?
He’s referencing the fact that the head of Cambridge Analytica, the voter data analysis arm of the Donald Trump campaign, was caught emailing WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange about conspiring together to alter the outcome of the election. This story was reported by the mainstream media last year, but was quickly forgotten. Few have viewed it as being a linchpin of the investigation. Yet Trey Gowdy just told us that the Cambridge email is crucial evidence in Robert Mueller’s investigation. Why would Gowdy even know that, unless he’s now working with Mueller? Does this explain why he just announced he’s quitting Congress? Has he flipped on Trump?
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