(National Sentinel) Hot Under The Collar: On Sunday, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., tore into House Intelligence Committee ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., during an appearance on Fox News, heavily criticizing the process of the committee’s ongoing probe into suspected “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia.
In an interview with Maria Bartiromo, Gowdy said that Schiff, who is also under suspicion for leaking details of the committee’s proceedings, has made several unsubstantiated claims regarding the collusion narrative in order to help his bid for the U.S. Senate.
“How long is this going to go on? Because we still haven’t had any evidence of any collusion,” Bartiromo said.
“When is it appropriate for [special counsel] Bob Mueller to come out and say, yes, definitively there’s no collusion here, but what I have uncovered is collusion at the top of the FBI between FBI leadership and Hillary Clinton?” she pressed.
At that, Gowdy ripped Schiff.
“Well Maria some of my Democratic colleagues, namely Adam Schiff, said he had evidence, more than circumstantial evidence of collusion, before the investigation even began so keep that in mind,” Gowdy said.
“The ranking Democrat on the House Intel Committee (Schiff) had evidence of collusion before we interviewed our very first witness!” Gowdy continued.
“Almost 60 Democrats voted to move forward with impeachment. Already!” Gowdy said incredulously.
“Before Bob Mueller’s released a single finding, before the House Intelligence or Senate Intelligence Committees have released a single, solitary finding, almost 60 House Democrats think the president ought to be removed from office and Adam Schiff says he has evidence of collusion,” Gowdy said as Maria Bartiromo shook her her head.
Gowdy went on, pointing out that there are still several witnesses who need to be interviewed to which Bartiromo replied, “That is infuriating”.
“Well, it’s only infuriating if you have high expectations,” Gowdy replied.
The South Carolina Republican then hit Schiff for grandstanding ahead of an expected bid for Sen. Dianne Feinstein amid rumors she may not run for reelection.
Schiff has continued to claim that there is evidence of collusion between President Donald J. Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Russian government, but so far no evidence has been produced to support the allegation despite more than a year’s worth of investigating by the FBI, Justice Department, and several congressional committees.
When he has been pressured to cite the evidence, Schiff falls back on allegations that have already been vetted publicly, critics note.
“You can’t have confidence” in the findings of the ongoing House Intelligence Committee “investigation when the ranking Democrat prejudges it before we’ve interviewed your very first witness,” an exasperated Gowdy said, in reference to Schiff.
Here is the exchange between Bartiromo and Gowdy:
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