Donald Trump slams Benghazi fraudster Trey Gowdy -- for not being tough enough on Hillary Clinton

Trump suggests to Sean Hannity that Gowdy has been undercut too much by his fellow GOPers to properly grill Clinton

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published October 21, 2015 3:36PM (EDT)

  (Fox News)
(Fox News)

Donald Trump has little faith in the prosecutorial zeal House Select Committee on Benghazi chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) will show when finally gets a chance to grill Hillary Clinton during her much anticipated testimony on Thursday.

Trump suspects that Republicans will not be satisfied with Gowdy's performance, arguing that the conservative congressman has been telegraphing a more demurred tone since having two House Republican publicly admit that the Republican's investigation is political in nature.

"Shut up talking about things that you don't know anything about," a clearly frustrated Gowdy said to his fellow Republicans during Sunday's edition of "Face the Nation."

Appearing on Sean Hannity's Fox News show last night, Trump said he believed Gowdy's outburst was an indication that he may take it easy on Clinton, to the dismay of Republicans.

When Hannity asked Trump what he thought about Clinton's upcoming testimony, Trump lamented that he "was really looking forward to the hearings, but then you had a congressman, Republican, go against Trey Gowdy."

"And then you had a whistleblower come out. So that hurt. That was not exactly positive," Trump added, referring to the former Republican staffer of Gowdy's committee who said he was wrongly fired after refusing to target his investigation on Hillary Clinton.

"And then yesterday, I watched Trey, who I do respect, I think he's a terrific guy, but he seemed to be doing a big pivot," Trump continued, implying that Gowdy may be too shellshocked to aggressively grill Clinton:

He said, "Well this isn't about Hillary Clinton." You know I'm pretty good at figuring this stuff out, and he seemed to be doing Sean, I'm sure you saw it, he seemed to be doing a big pivot away from Hillary Clinton. And I was trying to figure out what that was all about. So you may not be as happy as you think with these hearings. I just don't know. The hearings — I was looking forward to them

Watch Trump break the news to Hannity, via Fox News:

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By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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