The so-called “mainstream” media and Democrats are kicking the Russia hysteria into high gear.
They believe they finally have the evidence to take out Donald Trump.
But Trey Gowdy just shut them down with one response.
Gowdy is the Chairman of the Oversight Committee.
He is also playing a key role in the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into alleged Russian meddling.
So he knows the ins and outs of the various congressional inquiries into the 2016 election.
When it was announced that White House advisor Jared Kushner attended a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. where a Russian lawyer promised information of illegal activity on the part of the Clinton campaign, the media leapt at the story.
They believed they finally had evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
The story dominated cable news, and pundits spouted about treason and how this meeting could spell the end of Trump.
Not so fast, said Trey Gowdy.
Kushner met behind closed doors with the Senate Intelligence Committee and planned to meet with the House Intelligence Committee as well.
Gowdy said this is the proper way an investigation should run and noted that in Kushner’s prepared remarks to the Senate Intelligence Committee he denied any collusion.
Fox News reports:
“Rep Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., previewed the meeting the House will hold with Kushner on Tuesday in an exclusive interview on “The Story with Martha MacCallum,” stating that the probe is being handled in “exactly the way serious investigations are supposed to be conducted.”
“You examine a witness, you cross-examine the witness, you look for corroboration or contradiction,” Gowdy said. “You don’t use anonymous sources and selective leaks and prejudge the outcome. What’s happening tomorrow, us interviewing a witness, is exactly what we should be doing. His statement is helpful, it provides a roadmap. I have additional questions both based on what he said and things that there were not said in his 11-page statement. But for those who are not used to seeing how the way investigations are supposed to be run, this is how they’re supposed to be done.”
In Kushner’s detailed statement, he denied any wrongdoing or collusion, particularly in regard to a meeting with a Russian lawyer who had promised potentially damaging information on then-candidate Hillary Clinton. Kushner’s comments, Gowdy said, could be corroborated.
“There is corroboration for what he said,” Gowdy stated. “What he said was, ‘I didn’t know what the meeting was about. As soon as I got into it, I realized I’m in the wrong place.’ So he sent two separate emails saying, ‘Can you please call me so I can have an excuse to get out of this meeting?’ So that’s what I mean by corroboration. The fact that he didn’t remember the name of the Russian ambassador until November the 9th. That is corroboration. That is what you’re looking for in investigations: a statement, and it’s either corroborated or contradicted. In this case, it’s corroborated.”
Gowdy also explained why he felt Kushner’s meeting with the House should be held privately.
“Because members of Congress cannot behave themselves in public settings and every serious investigation,” Gowdy said.
“You don’t know who the sheriff in your home county is talking to about the latest armed robbery,” he continued. “Serious investigations are done without time limits and frequently without the political posturing you see in this town.”
The Russia story is fake news whipped up by the Democrats and media to accomplish three goals.
First, explain away Hillary Clinton’s loss.
Second, gum up the works of the Trump administration and force them to spend all their time responding to the investigation.
And third, act as a witch hunt and create the pretext in forcing Trump from office and overturning the results of the 2016 election.
The first two goals have been accomplished.
But as Gowdy pointed out, Kushner’s claims of not being involved in collusion and how the June meeting had nothing to do with the campaign have been corroborated.
That shuts down the attempt to use this meeting to drive Trump from office.