Fox News contributor and former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) weighed in on the Senate Intelligence Committee’s subpoena of President Donald Trump’s son, predicting that the reasoning behind the move was “witness discrepancies.”
While giving an interview on Fox News’ “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” Gowdy — a graduate of Baylor University and former chairman of the House Oversight Committee — postulated that the Senate Intelligence Committee’s subpoena of Donald Trump Jr. was because the “attempts to negotiate a voluntary appearance failed”:
“The fact that [Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman] Richard Burr is issuing a subpoena means that the attempts to negotiate a voluntary appearance failed. I know Richard Burr pretty well. He’s not an ambitious person, he’s not running for reelection, he’s one of the few senators not running for president, either now or in the future. So if he’s sending a subpoena, that tells me the private negotiations for a voluntary appearance failed.”
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The former congressman continued on to say that the Senate Intelligence Committee “found no evidence of criminal collusion a long time ago” and that Burr was “not investigating obstruction of justice because he’s not a prosecutor.”
Gowdy then stated that his “suspicion” was “testimonial discrepancies between witnesses”:
“That leaves two things: election security and the report that he has yet to publish. And my suspicion is there is testimonial discrepancy between witnesses. And Chairman Burr is wanting to give one of those witnesses an opportunity to clarify, amplify, otherwise correct the discrepancy.”
“He did it with Jared Kushner, remember?” Gowdy added. “Kushner came back a second time. I think that’s what Richard Burr is trying to do.”
The South Carolina Republican was then pressed on what he thought Burr was “zeroing in on” with the subpoena, to which Gowdy replied that he was “willing to bet” that it was “witness discrepancies” because he wants his upcoming report to be “fullsome.”
Gowdy’s comments came the same week that Trump Jr. was slapped with a surprise Senate subpoena to come before the Senate Intelligence Committee again. Trump Jr. is likely to use his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
As IJR Blue previously reported, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said that Trump Jr. “should be locked up” if he does not comply with the Senate subpoena.