Former Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy does not want Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report to be made available to the public, the Daily Caller reports.
According to the former House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman, the report is likely to contain disparaging information that Democrat lawmakers can spin into something more damaging.
During an interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, Gowdy said he was surprised that so many Republicans are coming out in favor of the report’s release, noting their support of the report contradicts their previous views of Mueller and alleged bias within his investigative team.
“I’m in a really small minority, Neil,” Gowdy said via the Daily Caller. “I don’t think the report should be released at all and I’m frankly surprised so many Republicans think it should be.”
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Democrats have called on Barr to provide the report to Congress by April 2, and without redactions. Barr said he is reviewing Mueller’s report with the help of the special counsel, and might withhold grand jury information and classified information contained in the report.
Most Republicans have come out in favor of releasing the report given that it appears to exonerate Trump on the issue of collusion. Trump himself has said he supports releasing the report.
Gowdy reminded that Republicans spoke so heavily against the investigation, at times echoing President Trump’s claim that it was a “witch hunt.”
“A lot of the Republicans think the investigation was flawed from its inception,” the former South Carolina representative said per the report.
“Remember that Strzok was biased, that Papadopoulos was set up, that the dossier was a political hit piece — so if the investigation was flawed from its inception, why is the report not also flawed?” he asked.
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“I don’t think the report should be released because the Department of Justice speaks in indictments” the former federal prosecutor, who retired from office this year, added.
“They’ve already indicted a lot of people, that’s the way the Department of Justice speaks. They don’t write biographies, they don’t write summaries and reports and have press conferences like what Jim Comey did that the inspector general actually found violated policy,” Gowdy explained. “The Department of Justice speaks in indictments, and if you’re not indicted I don’t know that the Department of Justice should be releasing a political hit piece that people like Schiff and Nadler are then going to use for 2020.”
And, from the Daily Caller:
Gowdy, who left Congress in January, was referring to anti-Trump text messages that former FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok exchanged with his mistress.
“I don’t think the report should be released because the Department of Justice speaks in indictments. They’ve already indicted a lot of people,” said Gowdy.
“If you’re not indicted, I don’t know that the Department of Justice should be releasing a political hit piece that people like Schiff and Nadler are then going to use for 2020.”