Rep. Trey Gowdy excoriated Democrats Sunday for being the true obstructionists on the Russia investigation.
He told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” that if Democrats want to get to the bottom of how the Russians interfered with American democracy in the 2016 election they need to stop obsessing on only President Trump and his campaign while ignoring everything else.
“I wish the Democrats were a little bit more concerned, instead of reading the Moscow phonebook during the witnesses interviews trying to see if Jared Kushner knows a guy named Igor, I wish they’d help,” he said. “That’s been my focus in 2017 is understanding that Russia tried to subvert our democracy, and it’d be great if my Democratic friends helped a little bit.”
He said that Democrats don’t want to know who paid to create the dossier against President Donald Trump.
“That’s the most important thing to me is how unserious the Democrats in the House have been about uncovering all of the facts,” Gowdy told Wallace. “I am interested in who paid for the dossier because that helps you understand motive and intent and whether or not you can rely on the document. I am much more interested in whether or not the Department of Justice and the FBI relied upon that dossier and initiating a counterintelligence investigation or in court findings.”
Gowdy added that Uranium One deal, in which Clinton approved the sale of 20 percent of American uranium to Russia, deserved to be investigated.
“I do want to know if the same group that tried to sabotage our democracy in 2016 is buying uranium in 2010. Yeah, I wanna know that,” he said.
The South Carolina representative explained that special investigator Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation should look to find out if the Clinton campaign is guilty of laundering funds by using its lawyers at Perkins Coie to create the dossier and listing it as part of the firm’s legal work for the campaign.
“I’m not an election law expert,” he said. “But the good news is you don’t have to be to understand the absurdity of believing that you can launder all of your campaign money by just hiring a law firm.
“Imagine if you and I were running for Congress and we just hired a law firm and said ‘Hey you go do all the oppo, you go buy all the television, you go buy all the bumper stickers, you go hire all the experts and we’re gonna launder all of this through a law firm,” he said. “I can’t think of anything that defeats the purpose of transparency laws more than that.”
Gowdy also took aim at the Mueller’s team investigating Russia’s role in the 2016 election, for leaking information to the press.
“In the only conversation I’ve had with Robert Mueller, it was stressing to him the importance of cutting out the leaks,” he said. “It’s kind of ironic that the people charged with investigating the law and executing the law would violate the law.
“And make no mistake, disclosing grand jury material is a violation of the law,” he said. “Somebody violated their oath of secrecy.”
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