During an interview on Sunday, Rep. Trey Gowdy, a Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee, stated that, while the committee “found no evidence of collusion” during its investigation about Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election, he is “awaiting the Mueller investigation” results to determine “whether or not” collusion occurred.
As part of an interview with Face the Nation, Gowdy spoke with host Margaret Brennan.
“The President, when he looks at your report, feels vindicated,” said Brennan, according to a report by TPM. “Are you saying he should not?”
On Friday, Intelligence Committee Republicans released a redacted report that cleared Trump on allegations of colluding with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. A counter-report by committee Democrats claimed that the GOP members did not properly pursue witnesses or relevant questions before making the determination.
The president responded that he was “honored” by the report released by Republicans, claiming it was “totally conclusive.”
However, Gowdy appears to disagree with the conclusive nature of the Intelligence Committee report.
“I want to be careful how I phrase this,” Gowdy began in his response to Brennan. “The best we can do is say what we’ve learned.”
“I can’t say what’s in the universe of witnesses we have not talked to,” he added. “And I have always maintained I am awaiting the Mueller investigation. They get to use a grand jury. They have investigative tools that we don’t have.”
“Executive branch investigations are just better than congressional ones,” Gowdy continued. “So, we found no evidence of collusion. Whether or not it exists or not, I can’t speak to, because I haven’t interviewed the full panoply of witnesses.”
James Comey, the former FBI Director, expressed a similar sentiment on Sunday, stating that the report was a “political document” and asserting that “the most important piece of work is the one the special counsel’s doing now.”
Responding to Comey’s statement, Gowdy, who doesn’t intend to seek re-election at the end of his current term, said, “From the standpoint of where these matters are best investigated, I don’t think it’s in Congress right now.”