Trey Gowdy Suggests There Could Be More Trouble Ahead For FBI Amid Durham Review

Attorney General Bill Barr announced last week that the Department of Justice indicted a corrupt Obama official in the probe into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation.

Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty to making a false statement.

And now former South Carolina GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy says there’s much more to come.

During several television appearances this week, Gowdy talked about events that are under scrutiny by U.S. Attorney John Durham.

“There are more things coming out with the Durham report that show the FBI’s primary concern is its own reputation,” he told Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum on Wednesday.

That was after he criticized the FBI for its use of British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s anti-Trump dossier even after finding out about its flaws and Director Christopher Wray for not being more cooperative with outside investigations.

Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, also said he knows Durham’s team is interviewing former CIA Director John Brennan this week, though he acknowledged he doesn’t know if that discussion will take place on Friday as has been reported.


Gowdy told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Thursday that he thinks “there’s more to come” on a controversial defensive briefing led by FBI agents given to Trump as a candidate late in the 2016 contest.

Last week, Clinesmith plead guilty last Wednesday in federal court to making a false statement.

U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia James Boasberg accepted the plea and set Clinesmith’s sentencing date for Dec. 10.

Clinesmith was referred for potential prosecution by the Justice Department’s inspector general’s office, which conducted its own review of the Russia investigation.

The inspector general accused Clinesmith, though not by name, of altering an email about former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page to say that he was “not a source” for another government agency.

Clinesmith’s actions were a big deal.

The Obama DOJ relied on Clinesmith’s falsified statement as the basis for submitting a third and final renewal application in 2017 to eavesdrop on Page under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Again, let that sink in.

The FBI used a false statement from Clinesmith to secure a warrant to spy on Page, who was a member of the Trump campaign.

The Justice Department’s charging document stated that Clinesmith “did willfully and knowingly make and use a false writing and document, knowing the same to contain a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement and entry in a matter before the jurisdiction of the executive branch and judicial branch of the Government of the United States.”

It’s also worth noting that ex-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s nearly two-year-long investigation found no evidence of criminal conspiracy or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 election.