CNNâs Anderson Cooper on Monday shut down Hogan Gidley after the White House deputy press secretary tried to use an anecdote about his Uber drive to claim Americans donât care about the Russia investigation.
Gidley was discussing the memo, drafted by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), that purported to show surveillance abuses by the FBI and Department of Justice. Asked by Cooper whether Donald Trump will likewise declassify the Democratic memo, which counters some of the points summarized in the memo, Gidley demurred.
âI can say that the president will treat it exactly the same, using the same methods and the same mechanisms,â Gidley said. âYouâll recall, what he did was sit down with the White House counsel, also members of the national security team and go through it meticulously, [see] if there were any sources and methods that were revealed.Â If the Democrat memo comes over, weâll have the same treatment.â
Cooper pointed out that Trump said off-mic at the State of the Union he would â100 percentâ release the Nunes memo and âsupposedly he hadnât even read it at that point.â
âI donât know if he had read it at that point or not but the president will make the same accommodations for the Democrats as he did for the Republicans,â Gidley said. âHe wants sunlight here, he wants this stuff to be out in the open and heâll treat it as such.â
Cooper later asked Gidley why the president âfeels vindicatedâ by the contents of the memo, prompting the White House spokesman to insist there were biases in the FBI and DOJ against Trump and in favor of Hillary Clinton.
âYou think James Comey was biased for Clinton?â Cooper asked.
Gidley said the âtweetsâ by FBI agent Peter Strzokâwho sent text messages critical of Trump to his lover, FBI lawyer Lisa Pageâprove there were biases against Trump. âNow we know from the that Nunes memo, for example, that a large portion of the case for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants were granted solely on the purpose of a discredited Hillary Clinton-funded document.â
Cooper pointed out âthatâs not trueâ that the FISA warrants were based off the Trump-Russia dossier, forcing Gidley to correct himself. âI said largely,â Gidley insisted.
âHow do you know largely?â Cooper asked. âIn the Nunes memo it doesnât include the other information, it is a very cherry picked memo.â
âRight,â Gidley replied.
âThe American people have been concerned,â he later claimed. âI was in an Uber just yesterday. I was driving, the driver looked at me and asked me something about politics and I was making small talk. And he said, âI donât like Donald Trump at allâhe had no idea where I workedâbut he said, âA whole year and nothing in the investigation? It is time for it to end.â If there is no collusion is that no obstruction, it is time to quit spending time and, quite frankly, the American peopleâs money, on a witch hunt.â
âIâm not sure the Uber driver is a scientific survey,â Cooper shot back.