When news of the GOP report from the House Intelligence Committee came out yesterday and concluded that Putin did not try to help Trump in the 2016 election cycle (thus contradicting intelligence community conclusions), it was as if Nunes & Co. were telling me not to believe my lying eyes. Not long after, intel committee member Tom Rooney (R-FL) departed from the GOP report. Today, there was another departure: Trey Gowdy.

A top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee distanced himself Tuesday from one of the panel’s most explosive findings in its Russia investigation — that the FBI, CIA and NSA overplayed their hand when they declared Russia preferred a Donald Trump victory in the 2016 election.

Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina said that the evidence gathered by the committee clearly showed Russia’s disdain for Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton, and was “motivated in whole or in part by a desire to harm her candidacy or undermine her Presidency had she prevailed.”
 A source familiar with Gowdy’s thinking said the congressman believes there’s no difference between opposing Clinton and backing Trump in what had become, effectively, a two-person race. The source added that Gowdy “disagrees with the conclusion” that the intelligence agencies got it wrong.
“He believes the debate over whether desiring a negative outcome for Clinton necessarily meant Russia had a preference for candidate Trump is a distinction that doesn’t make a difference,” the source said.

Harming the Hillary campaign is tantamount to helping Trump get elected, given our binary electoral system. The common element between Rooney and Gowdy is that both have decided to not run for reelection, so they have no reason to go along with rank bulls**t. It’s probably a good thing that the GOP House members are shutting this “investigation” down. It was too politically polluted to render anything actually useful.