Trey Gowdy: Wrong to Allege Michael Flynn Committed Crime


Rep. Trey Gowdy (AP)

By Greg Richter

Rep. Trey Gowdy said Tuesday he disagrees with two fellow members of the House Oversight Committee who say former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn may have violated federal law.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican who chairs the committee, and ranking Democratic member Elijah Cummings of Maryland said last Tuesday they had seen no evidence Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general had complied with the law to disclose payments he received for making a speech to the Russian government-run television station RT or that he had received permission from the State Department or Pentagon to give the speech.

Gowdy, a Republican representing South Carolina, is a former federal prosecutor and told Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that while Congress has a role to investigate issues of the public interest or relating to the Constitution, “We are dreadful at investigating crime, and we should not attempt to do so. That is why you don’t hear me alleging that people committed crimes.”

“It doesn’t stop your colleagues, I notice,” Carlson interjected in reference to Chaffetz and Cummings.

“It doesn’t,” Gowdy said, “and that disappoints me because I think you ought to wait until all of the evidence is in and ask the jury to draw whatever conclusion you want.”

A person has only one reputation, he said, and it is easy to accuse someone of a criminal act.

“We do it, unfortunately, in modern-day culture a lot,” Gowdy said. “It is just unfair to the individual, no matter who’s doing it.”


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