Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy of upstate South Carolina was a staunch supporter of outsider change agent Donald Trump during the 2016 election, and later served an official advisory role on Trump’s transition team following his victory.
However, Rep. Gowdy is well-known as an even-handed politician who is dedicated to the truth first. His loyalties to Trump became complicated when the President and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions began having a feud regarding Sessions’ recusal from the Russia investigation into Trump. Gowdy decided to weigh in on the matter.
Commented Sessions about the dispute, “I think Jeff Sessions made the right decision in recusing himself.” However, Gowdy added, “And I also understand the president’s frustration at the decisions and actions of Attorney General Sessions that led to him having to recuse himself.”
Trey continued, “That’s where my focus is: The president is frustrated that he picked an attorney general that had to recuse himself.” Gowdy’s comments indicated that he feels Trump’s priorities take precedence over Sessions’ priorities.
Rep. Gowdy said that Sessions owed it to Trump to disclose the meetings that he failed to disclose. Making this mistake needlessly put the President in a vulnerable position. Gowdy explained, “The recusal was based on the attorney general’s failure to recall some meetings. So that’s what the recusal was based on. The recusal was appropriate, but I do understand the president’s frustration: ‘I wish you had told me this when you were interviewing for the job, perhaps I would have picked someone else.’” Do you agree with Trey?