Outgoing House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said that newly departed Attorney General Jeff Sessions "has been a proverbial dead man walking for several months now."

Sessions was asked to resign by President Trump on Wednesday after the former Alabama senator -- an early supporter of the president -- saw his relationship with Trump sour.

"It was going to happen," Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, said.

Bret Baier asked Gowdy about Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, who said that "any attorney general... should not be able to interfere with the Mueller investigation in any way."

Schumer, of New York, expressed concern over the choice of former southern Iowa federal prosecutor Matt Whitaker as Sessions replacement. Whitaker had been Sessions' chief of staff.


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Gowdy said he is not concerned that Whitaker may interfere with the Mueller probe into Trump and Russia, calling the Brooklyn Democrat's statement "typical Chuck Schumer."

"So few take him seriously," Gowdy said.

He predicted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will "disappoint" mainstream media personalities, projecting the ex-FBI director will find no collusion between Trump and the Kremlin.

He added that he was not surprised the House flipped to Democratic control.

Gowdy is retiring after his term ends this year. State Sen. William Timmons (R-Greenville) won the election to take his seat.

He said he is sad to see some of his Republican colleagues unseated, naming outgoing Reps. Mia Love (R-Utah) and Steve Russell (R-Okla.).

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