Reports have been flying for much of the week, that former prosecutor and US Representative Trey Gowdy is joining President Donald Trump’s legal team. And it appears there are mixed emotions on both party sides about his newly recognized help.
For the most part, Republicans are excited about the move and feel it is definitely a good thing for the Trump impeachment defense team. Gowdy has a long and stable reputation of being able to hold his own in the courtroom, and as such, has been given the nickname “The Bulldog.”
During the Obama administration, Gowdy held a significant role in investigating then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her part in a 2012 terrorist attack that took place on a US diplomatic base in Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans were killed, including the US ambassador to Libya.
And since his time in the House of Representatives, Gowdy has not been afraid of picking fights with leading Democrats he believes are in the wrong, such as House Intelligence Committee Chairman Representative Adam Schiff. More than once, the former prosecutor has put Schiff in his place and called us to question the left’s motives. Gowdy’s hard-nose approach in and out of the courtroom has earned him a reputation that many have come to respect.
However, not all are convinced this a good thing for Trump. While he has been successful in a great many instances during his career, Gowdy’s participation, no matter how bull-doggish it seemed, in the Clinton trials of 2012 did little to change the outcome. This has led some conservatives to wonder if he would really be up to the task and be able to pull off a win for Trump.
And these hesitant conservatives are not the only ones who think so.
Many on the left don’t think he can handle it either.
The subject of Gowdy was discussed on “The View” on Wednesday, where most of the hosts and the audience seemed to think it was a laughable idea. Co-host Whoopi Goldberg played a clip of the 2012 Benghazi hearings for the audience, which showed Gowdy ripping into Obama’s White House for not releasing documents subpoenaed by the court.
The crowd, as well as most of the hosts, laughed at the clip. But one co-host, Meghan McCain did not. And then she responded by questioning their laughter. She said, “I’m confused why everyone is laughing because my take on it is that they have been having closed hearings, and don’t we want as much transparency as possible?”
Her co-hosts explained they thought it was funny because Gowdy once took a stand against an administration that was withholding evidence, and as far as the left is concerned, Trump is doing the same thing by refusing to take part in the impeachment hearings. They told McCain it was hypocritical of Gowdy, meaning he couldn’t possibly be a real threat.
However, like any person in their right mind, McCain was less than convinced. She responded, “You can go on abut Trey Gowdy, but he’s one of the great congressmen. He’s someone I have respected for years. You can laugh all you want, but the fact he’s joining Trump’s team is good news for Trump and bad news for Democrats.”
He co-hosts then began spouting off all the times Trump has supposedly withheld evidence or not given his full cooperation. But McCain must have taken a conservative pill that morning because she jumped back in, saying “Democrats also aren’t bringing things into the light of day.”
And she continued, “I want to see congressional testimonies, which, by the way, it is unprecedented that there is not confidential information that has been told in these hearings with Kurt Volker. I believe the American public – it should be live on TV, and we should hear what they have to say. It seems like Democrats don’t want me to know what they’re saying.”
“People in the text messages, Giuliani and Kurt Volker, I would like to see what they have to say. Maybe it isn’t as damning as what Democrats are saying.”
An excellent point. Why would Dems want to hide the supposedly wicked things Trump has done?
McCain ended by saying that if she were “in a fox hole, I would want Trey Gowdy in there with me.”
As would many. Gowdy is a fighter and one that has proved diligent. Anyone should be considered lucky to have him in their corner.