This hasn’t been a great week for the Trump-Russia investigation.
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) poured cold water over claims from Democrats that a case for obstruction of justice is building against President Donald Trump in an appearance on Fox’s Special Report.
Gowdy rips Democrats’ obstruction rhetoric
Speaking to Brett Baier on Fox’s Special Report, on Monday, Gowdy savaged Democrats’ claims that Robert Mueller is building a case to charge Trump with obstruction of justice. Gowdy, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, said the Democrats are desperate to charge Trump with whatever they can cobble together.
“They were talking about collusion this time six months ago but there’s no evidence of that, so now they pivoted to obstruction of justice,” he told host Baier.
Democrats, including Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.), have ramped up rhetoric that Trump’s downfall is coming any day now. Gowdy recalled that the obstruction debate began with the Comey memos, which he said would be “Exhibit A” for the defense if an obstruction case were to come against Trump. He noted that the memos showed no evidence of obstruction.
“If Comey felt obstructed, he did a masterful job keeping it out of any of his memos,” he said.
Flynn plea “not much”
Baer turned to the Flynn plea, which Democrats have seized upon as evidence of Mueller’s zeroing in on Russian conspiracy “evidence.” Gowdy flatly described those claims as overblown.
“When all you’ve got is a false statement to a federal law enforcement officer, you ain’t got much. That’s usually the very bottom of the barrel of what you make people plead to,” he told Baier.
Gowdy noted further that by admitting to lying, Flynn undermined his own credibility as a witness. This could be damaging for the prosecution if an obstruction charge was ever leveled against Trump.
Democrats think that Flynn’s plea is a sign that he’ll ‘sing’ to the Justice Department. But as some commentators have observed, Flynn plead guilty to a process crime, not to conspiracy. In and of itself, the plea is evidence of nothing further than an admission by Flynn that he lied to the FBI about his contacts with Russia.
Gowdy also called for an interview of the FBI investigator, Peter Strzok, who was dismissed from the probe over the summer for sending anti-Trump texts and called for the texts to be disclosed.
People have the right to assume the people who are investigating them at the FBI are objective and have not already made up their mind.https://t.co/RwQexBCqS0
— Trey Gowdy (@TGowdySC) December 5, 2017
He also tweeted that the FBI had a “bad 18 months,” but said in the Fox interview that Robert Mueller was still the “best hope” for finding out what really happened.