Gowdy on New Developments in Mueller Probe: Trump Should Not Breathe 'Sigh of Relief'
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said Wednesday that President Trump and his lawyers should not breathe a "sigh of relief" over the news that Trump is not a "criminal target" of the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The Washington Post reported Tuesday night Mueller told President Trump's attorneys last month that the president is the subject of the investigation, but not a criminal target at this juncture. The conversation reportedly occurred as Mueller was negotiating with Trump's attorneys about a possible interview with Trump.
Gowdy said a prosecutor would not normally disclose this information, but Mueller may feel obligated due to the nature of the investigation.
"This is such a weird hybrid of criminality and politics," he said, adding that the president could become the target based on what additional witnesses tell Mueller.
Brian Kilmeade asked Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor who is retiring from Congress, whether Trump and his legal team should breathe a "sigh of relief."
"Heavens, no. I will have a sigh of relief when the investigation is over and even then, maybe not," he said on "Fox & Friends."
Gowdy said he doesn't know yet if anyone in the Trump campaign was colluding with Russians, but Mueller should be allowed to figure it out.
According to the report, Mueller informed Trump's attorneys that he "is preparing a report about the president’s actions while in office and potential obstruction of justice."
Also on Tuesday, a Dutch attorney was the first person to be sentenced as part of Mueller's probe for lying about his contact with a top Trump aide.
Watch more above and hear Gowdy and Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) talk about their new book "Unified."