In Republican Gowdy-World, ‘Deep Throat’ Would be Watergate’s Villain

Richard Nixon alone during TV debate, Oct. 7, 1960 with John F Kennedy. (AP Photo)

For context, US Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) was the ridiculous head of the congressional Benghazi investigation. I don’t say that because I don’t think Benghazi shouldn’t have been investigated—I do. In fact, I am still unsatisfied with the answers on that issue. But Gowdy is nothing more than a partisan, talking-points puker. He showed his true colors Monday’s congressional hearing when he was exclusively concerned with the leaks of classified information instead of what that information revealed—that the FBI was investigating Russian influence on our election and that “Lying Mike” Flynn talked to the Russian ambassador.



So the problem for Gowdy and some other Republicans is not that members of the Trump campaign were in contact with Russia during the campaign or that Comey confirmed the FBI is investigating it, it’s that we know about it. And how we came to know about it is the bigger problem.


Gowdy’s approach is reminiscent of Richard Nixon during Watergate. Nixon tried to make the issue not about the facts about the break-in and subsequent cover up, but rather about how the Washington Post was getting the information.

To Gowdy way of thinking, Nixon wasn’t the problem, Mark Felt was. That should be frightening to every American.



Even if we do entertain Gowdy’s concerns, he is fishing in the wrong pond to find the leak (I tried there to “Gomer it down” for Gowdy’s sake). He fashioned his plan to imply it was Obama administration officials who received classified intelligence briefings who were dropping dimes on Flynn and the Russian connection.

It would make more sense that people in the Trump administration who have a conscience who were the anonymous sources to the press, ala Felt during Watergate.