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Trey Gowdy: Special Counsel If Hillary Had Won? 'Heavens No'

(Fox News' "The Story" with Martha MacCallum)

By    |   Tuesday, 06 February 2018 09:09 PM

There never would have been a special counsel investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election if Hillary Clinton was president, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said Tuesday.

Gowdy, who has announced he will not seek reelection this year, told Fox News' "The Story" with Martha MacCallum that Democrats do not feel they are subject to the same standard as Republicans.

"One of the reasons I can't wait to go into another line of work is the relativism — that we don't apply the same standard, that Democrats will wail and cry and gnash teeth over something they think Republicans have done, and they are more than happy to turn a blind eye if their own team does it," he said.

"There is not a snowball's chance in purgatory that [an] attorney general Adam Schiff, or Attorney General Loretta Lynch would be looking into a fact pattern for President [Hillary] Clinton. [Former President Barack] Obama absolved her of any criminality in her most recent probe before the investigation was over."

Gowdy also implied longtime Clinton friend Sidney Blumenthal fed information to former British spy Christopher Steele for his controversial dossier on President Donald Trump.

Asked about whether "weeks before the election, somebody in the Obama State Department was feeding information from a foreign source to Christopher Steele," Gowdy replied:

"When you hear who the source, one of the sources of that information is, you're going to think, oh, my gosh, I've heard that name somewhere before," Gowdy said. "Where could it possibly have been?"

Pressed on whether it was a foreign source, Gowdy said it was domestic.

"I'm trying to think of how Secretary Clinton defined him," he said. "I think she said he was an old friend who emailed her from time to time."

Then asked whether it was Blumenthal, Gowdy said: "That would be really warm. You're warm."

Gowdy also charged Democrats might have purposely included classified or sensitive information in their rebuttal to a memo drafted by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and his staff.

"I think the Democrats are politically smart enough to put things in the memo that require either the [FBI] or the Department of Justice to say it needs to be redacted," he said. "Therefore, it creates this belief that there's something being hidden from the American people.

"Keep in mind, this is the same crowd that voted not to release our memo and voted not to gain a lot of this information in the last of 12 months. Unfortunately, we are in an environment where you would include material that you know has to be redacted, and you know responsible people are going to redact just so that questions will be asked."

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