Speaking with the Fox News program “Tucker Carlson Tonight” March 28, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), warned that the person who leaked details of Gen. Michael Flynn’s phone calls with Russian ambassador Kislyak had broken the law.
“That’s the felonious dissemination of classified material,” Gowdy emphasized.
Defending Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Gowdy said that his colleague has acted exactly as a chairman should.
“When you have a source that has information, you handle that information safely, securely, which is exactly what he did.” Nunes’s point is, he said, “I want to know whether or not other people have been unmasked—even though you don’t know about it publicly yet.” Gowdy took aim at FBI Director James Comey, whom he criticized for not revealing whether the Bureau is investigating the Flynn leak. The issues of Trump’s ties to Russia, and leaking of Flynn’s [or others’] names, are “both in the national interest,” Gowdy told Carlson. “One happens to be a felony, so I was a little surprised and a little disappointed that [comey] can’t at least tell us [that] `We are investigating a felonious dissemination of classified material.'”
As for those calling for Rep. Nunes to recuse himself or step down, Gowdy told The Weekly Standard that “Jesus would not be a satisfactory chairperson to some of my Democratic colleagues. They would complain about his hair… I did this for 20 years. I’ve never met a defense attorney who didn’t complain about the prosecutor, usually when they don’t have good facts. This is a factual investigation.”
Sources cited by Fox News say that the FBI is not cooperating with the House investigation, unlike the NSA. A source close to the House investigation told Fox that leaks from the foreign surveillance transcripts that reference Flynn, “could have come from the FBI.” Moreover, multiple sources suggest that “British Intelligence also passed along information to U.S. intelligence agencies.”
Note, that today, Fox News analyst Andrew Napolitano returned to the air, nine days’ after being “fired”; he stuck to his story that three sources had told him the Obama White House asked British Intelligence GCHQ to conduct surveillance of Trump’s transition team, and that it was done.