Gowdy prepares to say goodbye to Washington DC


>>Martha: JOINED ME NOW FOR PART TWO OF MY EXCLUSIVE EXIT INTERVIEW WITH CONGRESSMAN TREY GOWDY, WHO IS OPENING UP ABOUT LIFE BEYOND THE BELTWAY. WATCH.>>Martha: AS YOU GET READY TO MAKE THIS HUGE CHANGE IN YOUR LIFE AND LEAVE WASHINGTON, ONE OF THE THINGS YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR ARE SOME PRETTY TESTY EXCHANGES YOU HAD WITH PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM THAT WE ARE SITTING IN. ONE OF THEM WAS WITH PETER STRZOK.>>YOU WERE SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, WERE YOU CORRECT?>>I DON’T RECALL WRITING THAT TEXT. WHAT I CAN TELL YOU IS THAT TEXT IN NO WAY SUGGESTED THAT I OR THE FBI WOULD TAKE ANY ACTION TO INFLUENCE THE CANDIDACY OF –>>THAT IS A FANTASTIC ANSWER TO A QUESTION NOBODY ASKED. IF YOU WANT TO REPRESENT WHAT YOU SAID ACCURATELY, I’M HAPPY TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION BUT I AM NOT APPRECIATING –>>I DON’T CARE WHAT YOU APPRECIATE. I DON’T APPRECIATE HAVING AN FBI AGENT WITH AN UNPRECEDENTED AMOUNT OF ANIMUS WORKING ON A PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN OF 2016.>>Martha: IT DIDN’T SEEM LIKE YOU LIKED HIM VERY MUCH.>>YOU ARE A KEEN OBSERVER OF HUMAN NATURE. AN FBI AGENT I WORKED WITH, WHEN I THINK OF THE FBI, I THINK OF GUYS WHO NEVER, EVER WOULD HAVE SETTLED ON THE THINGS THAT PETER STRZOK SAID OR DID. HE IS NOT REFLECTIVE OF THE FBI THAT I WORKED WITH, AND HE IS NOT REFLECTIVE OF THE FBI THAT YOU AND I DESERVE. MY ONLY REAL REGRET IS THAT I WASN’T TOUGHER ON HIM.>>Martha: WITH REGARD TO YOUR EXCHANGES WITH JAMES COMEY, YOU ASKED HIM ABOUT HILLARY CLINTON, WHETHER OR NOT SHE HAD SENT CLASSIFIED EMAILS, WHETHER OR NOT THOUSANDS OF THOSE APPEARED TO HAVE DISAPPEARED.>>SECRETARY CLINTON SAID THERE WAS NOTHING MARK CLASSIFIED ON THE EMAIL SHE SENT OR RECEIVED. IS THAT YOUR?>>THAT IS NOT TRUE. SECRETARY CLINTON SAID ALL WORK-RELATED EMAILS WERE SENT BACK TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT. IS THAT YOUR?>>NO, WE FOUND THOUSANDS OF WORK-RELATED EMAILS THAT WERE NOT RETURNED.>>DID HER LAWYERS READ THE EMAIL CONTENT INDIVIDUALLY?>>NO.>>IN THE INTEREST OF TIME AND BECAUSE I HAVE A PLANE TO CATCH UP TOMORROW AFTERNOON, I’M NOT GOING TO GO THROUGH ANY MORE THE FALSE STATEMENTS.>>Martha: HE FELT HE DID NOT DO A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION OF THAT, AND YOU TRY TO GET HIM TO ADMIT THAT IN THIS ROOM.>>I WANT TO BE FAIR, IT IS ALWAYS EASY TO LOOK BACK AND SEE WHAT AN INVESTIGATOR SHOULD HAVE DONE. I WILL ALWAYS BE TROUBLED BY THE FACT THAT HE WAS DRAFTING AN EXONERATION MEMO BEFORE 24 WHICH NOTICES 24 WITNESSES HAVE BEEN INTERVIEW, INCLUDING HER. I WILL ALWAYS BE TROUBLED BY THE FACT THAT HER CHIEF OF STAFF SAID BEFORE THE INTERVIEW THAT THE ONLY CRIME SHE COULD BE CHARGED WITH HIS FALSE STATEMENT. THEY’D ALREADY MADE UP THEIR MINDS. WE WILL NEVER SURVIVE IF PEOPLE THINK THERE IS A DIFFERENT JUSTICE FOR THE RICH AND THE FAMOUS ON THE POWERFUL THEN FOR SOME PRIVATE IN THE ARMY WHO MAY HAVE ALSO MISHANDLED CLASSIFIED INFORMATION. THE BEAUTY OF US IS THAT LADY LIBERTY DOES NOT WEAR A BLINDFOLD.>>Martha: DO YOU THINK HE WENT TOO HARD?>>A COUPLE, HONESTLY. NOT THAT I WENT TOO HARD. THERE WAS A DHS HEARING ON VISAS AND THERE WAS A SECOND AMENDMENT COMPONENT TO IT, AND IT IS NOT THE WOMAN’S FAULT THAT THEY SENT HER. I NEVER RAISED MY VOICE, IT’S JUST, IN HINDSIGHT, WAS SHE THE BEST WITNESS FOR ME TO USE, TO QUIZ ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THERE IS ANY OTHER FACT PATTERN WHERE THE GOVERNMENT TAKES YOUR RIGHT AND YOU HAVE TO PETITION? IT IS GOOD TO REMEMBER — ACTUALLY, IT’S HELPFUL TO HAVE A WIFE AND KIDS, AND IT’S GOOD TO REMEMBER THAT OTHER PEOPLE HAVE FAMILIES, TOO. AND WHILE THIS MAY BE A SPORT FOR SOME OF US AND WE CAN GO EAT DINNER THAT NIGHT AND I’LL GET OUR FEELINGS HURT, BUT FOR OF THE WITNESSES, THIS WILL BE THEIR ONLY MOMENT ON YOUTUBE. IT WILL BE THE ONLY MOMENT ON TELEVISION, AND DID YOU TREAT THEM FAIRLY? AND I THINK ON BALANCE, I DID, OR I TRY TO, AND THERE WERE A COUPLE OF OCCASIONS WHERE IF I HAD TO DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN I WOULD’VE ASKED THE SAME QUESTIONS BUT IT WOULD’VE DIRECTED IT TO ANOTHER WITNESS.>>Martha: YOU ARE LEAVING WASHINGTON, IN PART, BECAUSE YOU SUGGESTED THERE IS A FRUSTRATION WITH THE WAY THINGS WORK HERE. WHAT IS THE FUNDAMENTAL FLAW?>>HUMAN NATURE. THE FUNDAMENTAL FLAW IS THAT COMPROMISE HAS AN INCREDIBLY SMALL CONSTITUENCY AND WE HAVE BOUGHT INTO THE NOTION THAT YOU CAN MAKE TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE WITH 51% OF YOUR FELLOW CITIZENS. DEMOCRACY IS SUPPOSED TO BE TOUGH. IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE TOUGH, BUT I DON’T THINK IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE DYSFUNCTIONAL. WHEN I MENTIONED HUMAN NATURE, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE US APPLY THE SAME RULES TO OUR FRIENDS AS WE DO TO OUR ENEMIES. IF WE WERE REALLY CURIOUS ABOUT THIS ADMINISTRATION DOING SOMETHING, WE SHOULD BE EQUALLY CURIOUS WHEN OUR OWN ADMINISTRATION DOES IT, AND WHEN WINNING BECOMES THE ULTIMATE OBJECTIVE, THEN YOU BECOME A RELATIVIST, AND I DON’T WANT TO SPEND THE REST OF MY LIFE DOING THAT.>>Martha: WHAT WAS THE MESSAGE OF THE MIDTERMS?>>OH, BOY. UNMET EXPECTATIONS… CAREFUL HOW YOU FRAME ISSUES, RHETORIC MATTERS. I THINK IF YOU WERE TO LAY OUT A POLICY POSITION OF REPUBLICANS, I THINK YOU WOULD FIND MAY BE HALF AND A SLIGHTLY MORE THAN HALF WOULD SAY, OKAY, WE ARE WITH YOU. WHEN YOU FACTOR IN HOW WE COME ACROSS SOMETIMES, I THINK PARTICULARLY AMONG FEMALE VOTER VOTERS, THEY SAY, I DON’T CARE HOW GOOD YOUR IDEAS ARE, YOU DON’T SEEM LIKE A VERY GOOD PERSON. I THINK WHAT YOU BELIEVE AND HOW YOU COMMUNICATE IT ARE EQUALLY IMPORTANT AND WE NEED TO DO MUCH BETTER JOB OF HOW WE COMMUNICATE.>>Martha: ANY REGRETS ABOUT YOUR DECISION TO LEAVE?>>NO MA’AM. NINE.>>Martha:>>Martha: WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU?>>I WILL PRACTICE LAW IN A FIRM AT SOUTH CAROLINA THAT I HAVE A HISTORY WITH, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY WITH TWO LAWYERS THAT I HAVE WORKED WITH OVER THE LAST COUPLE YEARS AND I AM TO THE POINT IN LIFE WHERE WHO I DO THINGS WITH MATTERS TO ME EVERY BIT AS MUCH AS WHAT I DO, AND WHEN YOU FIND PEOPLE OF UNASSAILABLE CHARACTER THAT YOU ENJOY BEING AROUND, I WOULD RATHER DIG DITCHES THAN PRACTICE LAW WITH PEOPLE THAT I DON’T KNOW AND LIKE AND RESPECT. WE ARE GOING TO PRACTICE LAW, I’M GOING TO SHOCK THE WORLD AND WRITE ANOTHER BOOK WITH TIM SCOTT.>>Martha: ABOUT?>>HOPEFULLY ABOUT HIM, HE’S A LOT MORE INTERESTING THAN I AM. BUT I THINK — JIM WANTS TO ASK ME A BOOK ABOUT HOW TO ASK QUESTIONS. HOW TO ELICIT THE TRUTH WITH ASKING QUESTIONS, AND I WANT HIM TO WRITE A BOOK ABOUT HIS LIFE AND HOW HIS UPBRINGING INFLUENCED HIS POLITICAL ORTHODOXY. TO ME AND I TAUGHT A CLASS AT CLEMSON FOR STUDENTS. HE’S GREAT, HE’S THE NICEST TEACHER IN THE WORLD AND I –>>Martha: AM NOT?>>WELL, THESE ARE FRESHMAN IN COLLEGE. THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THE SOCRATIC METHOD IS. I’VE GOT TO DIAL IT BACK A LITTLE BIT. AND BE A BETTER HUSBAND, A BETTER FATHER. BOTH OF OUR KIDS ARE AT HOME NOW AND THEY ARE GOING TO BE STARTING THEIR CAREERS. I THINK OUR DAUGHTER IS GOING TO GO TO LAW SCHOOL, GOD SAVE US ALL IF THAT HAPPENS. MY SON FINISHED LAW SCHOOL, BUT HE IS GOING TO GO INTO REAL ESTATE. JUST BE A BETTER HUSBAND, A BETTER FATHER. I’VE GOT ONE-THIRD OF LIFE.>>Martha: YOU SAID ONCE A FEDERAL JUDGESHIP CHECKED ALL OF YOUR BOXES. IS THAT STILL TRUE?>>YES, MA’AM, IT DID. LINDSAY AND TIM PLAYED IT RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME. THEY SAID, WE HAVE TWO OPENINGS. DO YOU WANT TO? THE PERSON WHO KNOWS ME THE BEST IN LIFE, WHO ALSO DOESN’T FOLLOW POLITICS, IS MY WIFE. SHE SAID, YOU WILL BE LONELY, YOU LIKE BEING AROUND PEOPLE. YOU LIKE BEING AN ADVOCATE, AND I SAID THANKS BUT NO THANKS, AND THEN LINDSAY CALLED BACK AND SAID, YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING? IT’S WHAT YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED, RIGHT HERE. AND THEN DON BEGAN CALLED, THE PRESIDENT’S FORMER LAWYER CALLED, AND HE SAID ARE YOU SUR? AND I SAID, NOT ONLY AM I SURE, I AM AT PEACE. THEY FILLED IT WITH A GUY I HAVE KNOWN FOR 25 YEARS WHO WILL BE A FANTASTIC JUDGE AND A BREAK FOR BOTH OF US.>>Martha: EVER RUN FOR OFFICE AGAIN?>>NEVER. I WILL GET BACK INTO POLITICS IF TIM SCOTT RUNS FOR PRESIDENT, AND HE SAYS, LOOK I NEED YOU TO GO TO IOWA OR NEW HAMPSHIRE AND KNOCK ON DOORS, WHICH YOU PROBABLY WON’T BECAUSE I WOULD HURT HIM, BUT TO SUPPORT JOHN RADCLIFFE — HE RAN FOR GOVERNOR OF TEXAS — AND HE SAYS, COME HELP ME. I WOULD, BUT YOU WILL NEVER SEE ME ON THE BALLOT AGAIN.>>Martha: TREY GOWDY, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE HAVE ENJOYED HAVING YOU ON THE SHOW AND COVERING THESE STORIES WITH YOU, AND WE WISH

Maurice Vega

100 Responses

  1. America lost a national treasure when Trey Gowdy left Washington. I'd vote for him as president. He's an awesome Patriot, highly intelligent and totally trustworthy. We need him in Washington yet I can totally understand why he would flee the swamp land of DC. Thank you Mr Gowdy for your service and unpresidented performance in these trials.

  2. It’s now 7 months later and I still find myself watching videos of Trey Gowdy, to remind myself that there CAN be good politicians. I’m not saying the man was a saint, but I’ll be damned if anyone tries to argue he didn’t do his VERY BEST to root out the evil elite in our country.
    It’s just that…sometimes…David is unable to take down Goliath. 😢

  3. Hey this man is so good, I think the whole US is currently wishing and praying that he becomes the president of the United States this 2020 election, the US desperately need service men like him 100000000000%.

  4. Regardless of how great he was or is , Trey Gowdy quit when we needed him. Just like the 45+ other Repubs before the midterms. This was wrong and the hell we are going through now is their fault.

  5. America lost one of the great Congressmen of all time. Brutally honest, takes no nonsense and you can’t lie to him. Sad day in America.

  6. This man will be sorely missed in Washington DC. Unfortunately there aren't too many left with the Integrity, honor and the deserved respect of Trey Gowdy. Take good care of you and yours. Prayers and good wishes for the rest of your life, we will miss you.

  7. Thank God for the introduction of yet another great man. So hard to find where I came from. Dam my luck

  8. apparently all of you don't have the back bone either put criminals in jail cause of pay comes with it if you ignore. purposely.

  9. another puker if you make sound. words and meanin living up to the fact whats on paper as they know to many laws were they are conflictive of one another put gap and judges in bag as some say in pentagon and say in closed rooms thinking no one is listening.

  10. WHY NOT GO WAY FIRST DAY NEW PERSIDENT WIN FOR WHAT RASHA FAKE NEWS ALL HAVE PAY AMERICAN AND THE PERSIDENT

  11. Those who love righteousness will always be frustrated by those who love evil… the fundamental flaw in Washington DC is the same fundamental flaw in the rest of the world… Sin. The Bible says … repent, that your sins may be blotted out. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.

  12. I have much respect and admiration for Mr. Gowdy..Thank you sir for everything and GOD bless you and yours always.

  13. Trey Gowdy is the type of person we need in Congress. So sorry to see him go but can sure understand why he is leaving.

  14. Thanks for all your noble & comitted time & knowledge on how to determine the truth from all angles.
    You truely know how to get to the bottom of things. Bless all your new adventures.. 
    They broke the mold when the Good Lord made you ! They'll have a hard time trying to fill your shoes thats for sure…

  15. He is making the right decision to leave that arena. Someone else should step up and take his place doing his good work. That is exactly what the framers of the Constitution intended to happen. Nobody should be a career politician, that is what makes this country slimy and gross.

  16. Good honest humans don't last too long in the swamp! Soon or later they have leave for fresh air.

  17. Representative Gowdy, may you always keep in mind this experience of how some in the government can and do go off on tangents that are not always for the benefit of the people. Keep you options open and be ready to jump back in, you never can tell when you may be needed. Thank you for your service to the people of of the United States. Remember that God resides in the truth and upholds those that allows Him to be the banner over them.

  18. Maybe you would add your name just one more time as President of the United States of America …you sir will be missed every day

  19. Trey Gowdy…We the people are all the better for knowing you…Your work ethic are beyond amazing …Your razor sharp tongue and quick wit were a joy to watch….your brutal honesty was not only appreciated but deserved by the American people…I wish there was a way WE THE PEOPLE could persuade you into RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT….You are an amazing man…I wish you well in your retirement from congress…God help the American people…YOU WILL BE MISSED

  20. You will be missed. I also feel this gose back to being in school for me. At a young age I seen good, wonderful teachers that got pushed out or they did leave due to not being able to give kids the write teachings that was the full of what they knew and know how to do. This is what I see here. A great man a teacher is leaving us..😢🇱🇷 We love you Mr. Tray.. wonderful that we had you for the time we did and thank you for your work. You go enjoy that family of yours more. You earned it bud.

  21. A PATRIOTIC KNIGHT IS LEAVING. BIG BUMMER FOR AMERICA AND A BIG CHANCE FOR HIM TOO LIVE A BETTER LIFE. GREAT SUCCESS TOO YOU MR. GOWDY. SO LONG TOO A GREAT AMERICAN PATRIOT

  22. I'm from Scotland and have just come across Trey Gowdy, what a man. The world needs more men like him, I was saddened to hear he had stepped down.

  23. Has he been "got at" by the Deep State?
    This guy could not only America great again but the world great again.
    Guy is pure class.

  24. The only one that was unbreakable, he had to go because his character does not match with the other crooked politicians, I am glad for him.

  25. Run for president , America is calling for your integrity, if there is one person that can unite this country is you.Too much hate and too much dirt in Politics, make us believe again my unbreakable friend.

  26. Yes doing what he is SUPPOSED TO DO! He did his job then went BACK TO HIS HOME AND LIFE! He didn't set up for Life and everyone up there ought to follow suit!

  27. Sad. I liked Trey Gowdy. More than that he was one of the good ones who laid a whooping on the corrupt washington and didnt care.

  28. A true American and Legend. Congress has been feeling the sting of him not being there. I will miss watching him rip into people but most of all, I'll miss him fighting for the truth and standing up for the American people.

  29. Trey Howdy, sad to say but you are one of the best politician there who stands for the TRUTH!!! Thumbs Up to your accomplishment.

  30. The problem with the American politics right now is that both parties are only focusing on making the other side look bad. While instead they should be focusing on making their own side look better..

  31. NO Mr. Gowdy, The Flaw Is, Washington DC Is Full Of Corrupt LIARS Who Care Only About Money.
    I Will Miss You, You Were One Of The Few Respectful Members Working For We The People. I Hope Members Like
    Jim Jordan And Lindsey Graham Can Fill Your Shoes! Thank You For Your Service.

  32. We lost one of the best congressmen. But I don't blame him. I would image with all the evil going on in there he probably felt like he wasn't doing any good. But God had other plans for him. I wish him the best.

  33. To me Mr Gowdy is one of the most honest and caring men in my lifetime of watching the house,the senate,and congress on tv and youtube as an attorney….Like a real Perry Mason,always gets the bad guys..We need so badly to have more men of his high moral standards..Not men who get bought off by corporate big wheels..

  34. I hate to see Trey Gowdy GO!! but there is a reason for everything and God's will is being done, and his ways are past our finding out!! only he knows what his will is for us!! and I hope one day TREY will run for president, because he seem to be a fair and upright man and I will support him for what it's worth!!! but for now!!! TRUMP 2020!!!!m and anyone who don't like my choice can kiss my A*S!!!

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