Somewhere there may be a computer algorithm that can give the precise number of times television viewers and radio listeners heard South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy interrogate FBI Director James Comey before the House Oversight Committee, but a quick check of YouTube reveals the number to be in the millions.
The former federal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina showed his chops as he grilled Comey with a blistering, relentless barrage in classic Perry Mason style – specific questions requiring only a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ without a pause for explanation, questions to which Gowdy already knew the answer, as only the smartest lawyers ask in court.
The 8-minute interrogation might as well have been on a tape loop in the media and Comey’s answers revealed, one-by-one, not only the lies Hillary Clinton told Congress and the public about the secret and unauthorized email server set-up she employed while serving as President Obama’s first secretary of state, but reinforced a negative opinion of her.
By the final polls before the November 8 election, close to 70 percent of Americans – including her supporters, believed Clinton she was basically dishonest and untrustworthy.
The value to the Trump campaign of Gowdy’s now-famous cross-examination may have been incalculable, but it is impossible to deny that it was significant.
During the primaries, Gowdy said he was “a Rubio man,” but threw his support behind the party’s nominee, unlike many others in Congress, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (WI), and now Trump is drawing Gowdy into his transition team whether in recognition of his work on the Committee, his abilities or as a reward is unknown.
Gowdy will serve on an executive committee alongside newly-appointed Chief of State Reince Priebus, chief strategist Stephen Bannon and three of Trump’s children, Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka, and her husband, Jared Kushner.