Gowdy on Whether Mueller Report Should Be Released: DOJ Doesn't Do 'Oppo Research' on Politicians
Former Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said the Department of Justice "doesn't do opposition research," and therefore should not be expected to release the Mueller report in full.
Gowdy said he disagrees with South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who moments earlier said he hopes Attorney General William Barr will release as much of the report as possible.
He stressed that Mueller's conclusion that President Trump did not collude with Russia is an example of a finding, not a political statement.
"The Department of Justice answers true-false questions. 'Should you be indicted, should you not be indicted?' They don't write reports about other misconduct that doesn't rise to the criminal level and they don't [opposition] research on people we don't like," said Gowdy, adding that the Mueller probe grew out of the FBI's possession of the unverified dossier funded by the president's political opponents.
He said that, unfortunately, the DOJ was politicized by former FBI Director James Comey and others, who allegedly sought to incriminate the president's campaign.
"How Jim Comey could have possibly cleared Hillary Clinton before she was interviewed... the Democrats didn't want any part of that [in their questioning of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) Monday]," he noted.
Could not agree more.
See you soon. https://t.co/KNGzyDizdq
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) March 25, 2019
Gowdy said the photo of Comey in a forest, with the caption "so many questions" is another reason "someone should take Comey's Twitter account away from him."
He said Comey "hates the president" and was part of the problem at the DOJ.
Watch the full "America's Newsroom" interview above.