CNN Counterterrorism Analyst and former CIA counterterroism official Phil Midd went on the record saying that Rep. Trey Gowdy “out to have his a** kicked”.
Mudd made the statement after seeing a clip between Gowdy and John Brennan over the existence (or non-existent) evidence that might show a connection between the Trump administration and Russia. In full, Mudd said…
“Trey Gowdy ought to have his ass kicked. He knows the difference between intelligence and evidence. Let me tell you something, Alisyn, if you’re an American citizen, and the National Security Agency collects intelligence, that is intercepts of Russians, who report what you’ve said, do you think it’s fair to go to a court and say that’s evidence that you did something wrong? That’s why the FBI is going to a year or more to investigate this, because the American citizens involved in this have a right to have evidence presented in a court beyond a conversation that a Russian official reports. In my world, this distinction is black and white. It is a hard line. I know it’s frustrating for the American people. But I hope they don’t want evidence to be perceived as something that a Russian official says, and that’s it, you can be convicted on that. It’s not.”