(National Sentinel) Swamp Things: Outgoing South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy said on Sunday that congressional probes are “terrible” and prove that the Legislative Branch is not serious about getting to the bottom of issues and problems, even if they involved law-breaking.
During an appearance on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” Gowdy, a Republican and former federal prosecutor, said that investigations are patently political, involve serial leaks to the media, and only attempt to confirm the biases of committee majorities.
That includes, he said, the House Intelligence Committee’s probe into Russian Election 2016 interference, which he helped lead.
He added that because congressional investigations are so bad, he is glad that special counsel Robert Mueller is conducting his own probe.
“I’m glad we have Bob Mueller. I’m glad we have an independent ball-and-strike caller, Congress has proven itself incapable of conducting serious investigations,” he said.
“Congressional investigations, they’re terrible,” he continued. “I would be telling you that even if I were staying in Congress, they’re just not serious.
“Serious investigations don’t leak. Serious investigations don’t make up their mind first and then go in search of the evidence to validate,” he added.
Gowdy also directed the probe into the Benghazi attack during the Obama administration, which found evidence of malfeasance on the part of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, but which did not lead anywhere.
Gowdy was also angry at the media for failing to adequately cover the issue, per Please Stand By:
Both Republicans and Democrats on the Intelligence Committee leaked to the media during the Russia investigation, the Washington Examiner reported.
Gowdy has always been supportive of Mueller, but other Republicans are decidedly less trusting of his probe, especially since he no longer appears to be probing ‘collusion’ between the Trump campaign and Russia but matters having nothing to do with that involving moderate-to-minor campaign figures.
Also, critics note that Mueller’s investigative team is composed primarily of Democrat-supporting lawyers and prosecutors, including some who gave to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
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