Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) is responding to comments regarding Susan Rice, and her part in “unmasking” members of Donald Trump’s team.
Hours earlier, President Trump had said in a New York Times interview that Rice, national security adviser under former President Obama, had committed a crime by having those named unmasked in intelligence reports.
“Doing television interviews and accusing one another of things is not constructive towards finding the truth,” Gowdy, a member of the committee, told MSNBC’s “On the Record with Greta.”
“We won’t investigate crime, and Greta, I don’t like it when anybody accuses other people of committing crimes,” he told host Greta Van Susteren.
“When you accuse people of committing crimes, that’s serious. And it’s not Congress’s job to investigate that, and it’s not my job as a member of Congress to level accusations like that,” Gowdy added.
Gowdy, as a member of the House Intelligence Committee, is involved in the ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, which started in March.
Part of that investigation also involves Trump’s March 4 claim that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower.
To date, no one in Congress, nor from the intelligence community has seen any proof of that, although the committee’s chairman, Devin Nunes, has claimed “incidental” surveillance, meaning somebody mentioned a Trump team member’s name, during the course of surveilling someone else.
On Tuesday, another committee member, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) suggested that somebody would be going to jail, by the end of the investigation.
When asked if Trump’s comments about Rice were helpful, Gowdy responded:
“About as helpful as when Rep. Castro said it this earlier morning,” Gowdy said. “This is a free country. You can say what you want to say. I would rather wait until the investigation begins and then is concluded and we talk to all relevant witnesses.”
And that’s not too much to ask.