Former Republican lawmaker Trey Gowdy dropped a bomb on television and said the last thing anyone ever expected about Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
During an interview on Fox News, Gowdy argued that he did not think Mueller’s full report should be released to the public.
“The Russian threat was far more than just a threat against the Democrats, it was a threat to our republic,” Gowdy said.
The former South Carolina lawmaker said he does not think any new information in the final report will change the American people’s minds or opinion.
“It’s going to do nothing except further entrench people as to where they are today with their positions.”
“This is going to be an evidentiary summary without a verdict,” Gowdy said. “It’s gonna do nothing but validate what your previously held conviction is, which is why I’m not a fan of releasing the report.”
He lamented that the probe into Russia’s election meddling devolved into a partisan, Democrat-versus-Republican issue, and that the American people should come together and unify.
“If you don’t like Trump, you’re gonna seize on something,” Gowdy said.
“Someone’s gonna seize on something they consider to be ‘evidence,’ and they’re going to use that to extrapolate and try to reach a conclusion. That’s why you need a jury that’s impartial, and we don’t have that,” he added.
Gowdy’s argument is that Mueller’s Russia probe has become nothing more than a partisan issue when it should be a unifying one.
Everyone should be happy that there’s no evidence that Trump colluded or broke the law, but as Gowdy noted, Democrats are mad about that because all they care about is going after the president.
During his press conference on Thursday morning from the Department of Justice, Barr reiterated countless times that Mueller found no evidence that Trump, his campaign, or any American colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
So that is the bottom line. After nearly two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas, and hundreds of warrants and witness interviews, the Special Counsel confirmed that the Russian government sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election but did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those schemes.
Barr also stated that Mueller left it up to the Department of Justice to determine if the president obstructed justice.
The attorney general said he consulted with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and they both determined there was no evidence to charge Trump with obstructing justice in the Russia probe.
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The attorney general also made it clear that the White House offered “unfettered access,” “no redactions,” and “didn’t exert any executive privilege, which would be within their rights.”
This means that Trump and the White House provided Mueller’s team with essentially all of the records and documents they requested.
Barr also said that Trump had the legal authority to assert executive privilege to block portions of Mueller’s report from being made public.
Barr said the president declined and informed the DOJ that he wanted as much of the report made available to the public as possible.
The White House fully cooperated with the Special Counsel’s investigation, providing unfettered access to campaign and White House documents, directing senior aides to testify freely, and asserting no privilege claims.
The president has been completely vindicated after the two-year Russia witch hunt.
As Barr made clear: No collusion, no obstruction.