In an interview with Fox News Sunday this weekend, House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said that President Trump should not be on Twitter criticizing the Special Counsel or tossing around the idea of interfering in Robert Mueller’s investigation.
“When you are innocent – if the allegation is collusion with the Russians and there is no evidence of that, and you’re innocent of that – act like it,” Gowdy said.
Gowdy went on to defend the Mueller inquiry, even though he is a member of the very committee that just released a statement telling the American people exactly what Donald Trump has been saying for a year and a half – that there was no collusion between his campaign and Moscow.
“If you believe, as we found, there is no evidence of collusion, you should want Special Counsel Mueller to take all the time and have all the independence he needs to do his job,” Gowdy said. “If you’ve done nothing wrong, you should want the investigation to be as fulsome and thorough as possible.”
Sen. Gowdy, with all due respect, you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.
Exactly why should President Trump stand aside and let Mueller go into every nook and cranny of his family’s finances in search of some scrap of a crime that he can come back and throw at Donald Trump Jr., Eric, Ivanka, Jared Kushner, or some other member of the Trump orbit? If there is no evidence of collusion – and we firmly believe that there isn’t – then it’s very obvious what Mueller is doing. He is going fishing, and he is willing to make do with whatever sad mullet his pulls out of the sea. Why is it Trump’s obligation to just stand there and take it, seeing as how this entire investigation is based on phony political propaganda in the first place?
Perhaps former FBI Director James Comey was actually interested in determining whether or not Trump or someone from his campaign colluded with the Russians. Mueller isn’t. Mueller is interested in defending the institution he presided over for years – the Federal Bureau of Investigations. He is looking for payback. And that not only means finding dirt on every Trump colleague he can pull out of the woodwork, it also means covering up the corruption that has tainted the Trump/Russia investigation from the very beginning – long before he came back on the scene.
But no, Trump should just keep his mouth shut and let it happen.
Republicans (and Gowdy is not the only one) need to get it out of their heads that it’s their obligation to defend Mueller. This investigation is not just anti-Trump; it’s anti-Republican and anti-American. It is a witch hunt in search of a crime. The sooner it concludes, the better. And until then, Trump has every right to call this farce our for what it is.