Trey Gowdy tells CBS News that the Nunes memo will not have “any impact on the Russia probe” that there would have been an investigation with or without the Steele dossier.
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) told CBS News that the memo he co-authored with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) will not have any impact on Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Appearing on Sunday’s “Face the Nation,” Gowdy spoke with CBS News White House and Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Margaret Brennan, his first interview since he announced he would not be running for reelection in 2018.
Brennan asked Gowdy about Trump’s Saturday morning tweet in which he claimed the Nunes memo “totally” vindicated him of any Russian collusion or obstruction of justice.
“This memo totally vindicates ‘Trump’ in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace!” he tweeted.
This memo totally vindicates “Trump” in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their was no Collusion and there was no Obstruction (the word now used because, after one year of looking endlessly and finding NOTHING, collusion is dead). This is an American disgrace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2018
Gowdy responded: “I would say this – I am sure the president is pretty frustrated. Adam Schiff prejudged the investigation before we interviewed the first witness… I don’t think it [the memo] has any impact on the Russia investigation.”
“I was pretty integrally involved in the drafting of [the memo]” Gowdy continued, adding: “There is a Russia investigation without a dossier. So to the extent the memo deals with the dossier and the FISA process, the dossier has nothing to do with the meeting at Trump Tower. The dossier has nothing to do with an email sent by Cambridge Analytica. The dossier really has nothing to do with George Papadopoulos’ meeting in Great Britain. It also doesn’t have anything to do with obstruction of justice. So there is going to be a Russia probe even without the dossier.”
WATCH: Rep. Trey Gowdy on CBS supports Bob Mueller and says there would be a Russia investigation even without the dossier. pic.twitter.com/l60HC3JkFs
— DNC Press (@dncpress) February 4, 2018
Gowdy also went on the record stating that he fully supported Robert Mueller and his Russia probe:
“I am on record as saying I support Bob Mueller one hundred percent,” Gowdy said, later adding “You need an investigation into the Trump Tower and the Cambridge Analytica email, separate and apart from the dossier. So those are not connected issues to me. They may be for other Republicans, but they’re not for me. I say investigate everything Russia did, but admit that this was a really sloppy process…”
He also stated that he did not think that Trump should fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, telling CBS News that he has had a “really stellar career.”
.@TGowdySC tells @margbrennan that @realDonaldTrump should not fire Deputy AG Rosenstein. Says Rosenstein has had a “really stellar career.” Tune into FTN this morning to see more. pic.twitter.com/pevGZNj39C
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) February 4, 2018