May 30, 2018
Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and a member of the intelligence committee, said he understands President Trump’s frustration with the Russia investigation, but “Donald Trump was never the target of the investigation. He is not the current target,” Gowdy told Fox News’s Martha McCallum Tuesday night.
Gowdy said the FBI, in launching its Trump-Russia probe, was doing exactly what President Trump said he wanted them to do:
I think there are two things important to understand. Number one, the source of President Trump’s frustration. (Former CIA Director John) Brennan said he should be in the dust bin of history. (Former FBI Director James) Comey said impeachment’s too good of a remedy. (Former Director of National Intelligence James) Clapper doesn’t like him. (Former Attorney General) Loretta lynch said call it a matter, not an investigation. (Ranking member of the House intelligence committee Adam) Schiff said he had evidence of collusion before we even began the investigation, and 60 Democrats have voted to impeach him before Bob Mueller has come up with a single, solitary finding. That’s what has him frustrated.
What should have him heartened is the fact that Chris Wray, Rod Rosenstein and all the senior folks at DOJ now were all Trump appointees. So here’s what’s fair to ask. What did the FBI do? When did they do it? What was the factual predicate upon which they took whatever actions they took and against whom were they directed?
But, remember, Martha, it was President Trump himself who said, number one, I didn’t collude with Russia but if anyone connected with my campaign did, I want the FBI to find that out. It looks to me like the FBI was doing what president trump said I want you to do — find it out. He’s not the target. So, when Schiff and others don’t make that clear, they are doing a disservice to our fellow citizens. He is not the target.
In his May 2017 interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, President Trump said he never asked former FBI James Comey to drop the investigation into alleged Trump-Russia coordination. “Look, I want to find out if there was a problem with an election having to do with Russia,” Trump told Holt. “Or by the way…anybody else. Any other country. And I want that to be so strong and so good. And I want it to happen.”
This article was posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 6:50 am