Gowdy: Republicans Don't Give A Damn What Adam Schiff Thinks

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Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) responded to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), ranking member on the House Intel Committee, calling him one of the "four horsemen of this apocalypse" in an interview with Jason Chaffetz on Thursday's edition of Hannity. Gowdy said under the leadership of Adam Schiff you would never know anything about Peter Strzok, the people who funded the infamous Trump dossier, Hillary Clinton's involvement in the Benghazi disaster, and more.

"Let me tell you this about Adam," Gowdy began. "Adam's had a terrible last couple of years. He wanted to be the attorney general under Hillary Clinton and no one in the country worked harder to protect her than Adam Schiff."

"He wanted to be the head of the CIA. He wanted to run for California and the run for Senate and the People's Republic of California, but he couldn't win either of those seats. So, now, now, he wants to be the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Speaking of the apocalypse, Adam Schiff wants to be the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee," he said.





"If you ever have -- I don't know -- a couple of three months with nothing else to do, I want you to go back, Jason, and think of all the things you would not know if you had taken Adam Schiff's advice. You wouldn't know the whole -- the spontaneous reaction to a video was a hoax in Libya. You would never have read the first Chris Stevens email. You wouldn't know that Hillary Clinton had this unique email arrangement with herself because Adam Schiff did everything in his power to keep you from finding out," Gowdy continued.

"You wouldn't know about the dossier. You wouldn't know who funded it. You wouldn't know it was used in a court proceeding. You wouldn't know about Strzok and Page. In fact, you wouldn't even be having the show tonight. You wouldn't be having the show about Strzok and Page if Adam Schiff had had his," Gowdy finished.

Gowdy also asked that if the FBI leadership really didn't "give a hoot about politics," according to former director James Comey, why did Special Agent Peter Strzok find himself on three of the most political investigations in recent memory.

"He was on the Clinton probe, and then in July, not only was he on the Russia probe pre- Mueller. He was the lead agent on the Russia probe pre-Mueller. So, in July of 2016, we just got through Jim Comey with that unprecedented press conference and three weeks later, he's working on Donald Trump's campaign in the Russia probe. I think that group was then transposed over on to the Russia probe, and then many of them were transposed to the Mueller probe. I would give Mueller credit for this. The moment he found out about these texts, he got rid of Peter Strzok," Gowdy explained the timeline.

"So he never should have been on any of these three probes," the chairman said. "If the animus was enough to kick him up when you found it, the animus should have been enough to kick him off when he said it, which was early in 2016. Completely the wrong person. The FBI's reputation. Look, there are lots and lots of fantastic FBI agents, 99.9 percent of them. But to pick this person, and not just him, Lisa Page, and other people here to for not identified FBI agents. Do you remember when Jim Comey, I think you were in the committee when Jim Comey said the FBI didn't give a hoot about politics."

"Go read these texts. They gave a lot more than a hoot about who is going to be the Democrat nominee and whether Donald Trump would win," Gowdy concluded.

JASON CHAFFETZ, 'HANNITY' GUEST HOST: Joining me now with reaction is House Oversight Chairman South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy. He's the author of a book with the Senator Tim Scott called "Unified".

And, Trey, thank you so much for joining us tonight.

REP. TREY GOWDY (R-SC), CHAIRMAN, HOUSE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE: Yes, sir.

CHAFFETZ: Conspiracy theories he was talking about, that we -- the Republicans, you know, buy into this stuff. But I want to play a clip from Adam Schiff talking that you were one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. So, play this clip here.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

REP. ADAM SCHIFF (D-CA).: Sadly here, we have all too many members of Congress willing to prostrate themselves before the executive and give him anything he wants.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You want to name names which members of Congress are in this cult like a group that you -- that you're suggesting?

SCHIFF: Well, you know, the four horsemen of this apocalypse have been Devin Nunes and Trey Gowdy, Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan. They have been leading the charge basically to require the Justice Department to give them materials that can be leaked or fed or misrepresented like the infamous Nunes memorandum in the service of the president.

(END VIDEO CLIP)


CHAFFETZ: Interesting comments for Mr. Schiff.

Mr. Gowdy, how many times have you met and interacted with Donald Trump?

GOWDY: I've never met President Trump. Never had a conversation with him.

I do want to get to Strzok and Page in a second, but, Jason, initially, I took that as a compliment. I'm a huge Ric Flair fan. So, anytime somebody says you're part of the four horsemen, I thought it was a compliment.

It was my wife who later said I think he's talking about those four guys from the Book of Revelation. So, that's not a compliment.

Let me tell you this about Adam. Adam's had a terrible last couple of years. He wanted to be the attorney general under Hillary Clinton and no one in the country worked harder to protect her than Adam Schiff.

He wanted to be the head of the CIA. He wanted to run in California and to run for Senate and the People's Republic of California, but he couldn't win either of those seats. So, now, now, he wants to be the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Speaking of the apocalypse, Adam Schiff wants to be the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

If you ever have -- I don't know -- a couple of three months with nothing else to do, I want you to go back, Jason, and think of all the things you would not know if you had taken Adam Schiff's advice. You wouldn't know the whole -- the spontaneous reaction to a video was a hoax in Libya. You would never have read the first Chris Stevens email. You wouldn't know that Hillary Clinton had this unique email arrangement with herself because Adam Schiff did everything in his power to keep you from finding out.

You wouldn't know about the dossier. You wouldn't know who funded it. You wouldn't know it was used in a court proceeding. You wouldn't know about Strzok and Page. In fact, you wouldn't even be having the show tonight.

You wouldn't be having the show about Strzok and Page if Adam Schiff had had his way.

So, look, if they secede from the Union and President Maxine Waters wants to make him the attorney general in California, more power to him. Otherwise, I don't think anybody on my side of the aisle gives much of a damn what Adam Schiff thinks.

CHAFFETZ: Well, he certainly gets out there and says it a lot, whatever is he's saying, but he has I think misled and misused that position from my own personal vantage point time and time again.

Now, coming before you though is this Peter Strzok. As I recall, he originally said he would voluntarily testify, that he wanted to get out and tell his story. But then you heard his attorney in that clip say that he may not show up.

GOWDY: Well, I'm certainly sorry if anyone hurt his feelings last week during the 13 hours we spent. But the only thing I did was go over what he had written. So, if he's offended, he's offended with things that he wrote.

He wrote a lot of texts. There are emails. It's an unprecedented level of animus.

So, of course, he's going to be asked, what did you mean? I can't use all of the words on a family-friendly show like yours, but what did you mean by blanking abysmal? What did you mean by blanking this?

I -- we went through all of his text -- here's what's important, Jason, he's supposed to be investigating Hillary Clinton for potential violations of the Espionage Act. In March of 2016, when he's supposed to be investigating her, he didn't even interviewed her yet, he thinks that she should win the presidency 100 million to zero. Jason, she wasn't even the nominee at the time. They didn't even have a Republican nominee at the time, but she's going to win a hundred million to zero in March of 2016 -- and this according to the guy who's supposed to be dispassionately and objectively interviewing her.

Then in July when the Russia probe started, he is saying terrible things about the very person he's supposed to be objectively investigating.

And then we get to the Mueller probe. You know, I mean, he's been on all three. Hillary Clinton, Russian probe, Mueller probe until they found his text.

He's talking about impeachment even before the House Democrats and MSNBC were talking about impeachment. He hadn't been on the case three days before he's already talking about impeaching the president. So, of course, we're going to have a lot of questions for him and some of them might actually be uncomfortable.

But he's going to come before a public hearing whether his lawyer thinks he is or not, he's coming. I'm sure he would rather go in front of Adam Schiff. That -- that's what I read, he'd rather go in front of Adam Schiff. They got a lot in common. They both wanted Hillary Clinton to be president. I get why he wants to go there.

But he's going to come before our two committees whether he wants to or not.

CHAFFETZ: Well, you know, look, Peter Strzok did not have an insignificant job. Like I like to say, he didn't work for the Fish & Wildlife Department. He was the number two person and counterintelligence for the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation. They have tens of thousands of people choose from.

Have you been able to find out why is it that he was selected or appointed to go be on the Mueller probe?

GOWDY: Well, you got to go all the way back to Clinton. He was on the Clinton probe, and then in July, not only was he on the Russia probe pre- Mueller. He was the lead agent on the Russia probe pre-Mueller. So, in July of 2016, we just got through Jim Comey with that unprecedented press conference and three weeks later, he's working on Donald Trump's campaign in the Russia probe. I think that group was then transposed over on to the Russia probe, and then many of them were transposed to the Mueller probe. I would give Mueller credit for this. The moment he found out about these texts, he got rid of Peter Strzok. But here's what you ought to be asking yourself.

If it was bad enough for Bob Mueller to get rid of him the moment he found out about the text, these texts weren't written in March 2017. They were written in March of 2016.

So he never should have been on any of these three probes. If the animus was enough to kick him up when you found it, the animus should have been enough to kick him off when he said it, which was early in 2016. Completely the wrong person. The FBI's reputation.

Look, there are lots and lots of fantastic FBI agents, 99.9 percent of them. But to pick this person, and not just him, Lisa Page, and other people here to for not identified FBI agents. Do you remember when Jim Comey, I think you were in the committee when Jim Comey said the FBI didn't give a hoot about politics.

CHAFFETZ: Yes.

GOWDY: Go read these texts. They gave a lot more than a hoot about who is going to be the Democrat nominee and whether Donald Trump would win.

CHAFFETZ: Well, real quickly because I only got a few seconds. Lisa Page was on the other end of those texts. What's going to happen with her?

GOWDY: She is coming too. I mean, I heard your guests that were on before me, Jason. I just disagree with him. I think anytime if you have a chance to spend 12 hours with a witness, you ought to spend it. I got five minutes with Peter Strzok in a public hearing.

CHAFFETZ: Yes.

GOWDY: I got 20 hours with him last week. So we're going to interview her, and then I hope we have a public hearing with her. But what's more important to me, that all these questions get asked on the record to talk about -- I mean, if you want a serious investigation, pick the 10 hours over the five minutes is what I would tell my fellow citizens.

CHAFFETZ: Yes. And they need to get the documents from the Department of Justice. Trey Gowdy, thank you so much for joining us tonight.

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