By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) Former federal prosecutor and former U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy appeared onÂ Fox News‘ Sean Hannity program Wednesday night to discuss special counsel Robert Mueller’s decision to appear in open session before the House Judiciary Committee next month.
And like a prosecutor does, Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, laid out the questioning strategy that GOP members of the committee, at least, ought to be asking the man who single-handedly disrupted the first two years of POTUS Donald Trump’s presidency.
Noting that members of the panel will only have five minutes to question Mueller, “you have to be very strategic” in formulating questions, Gowdy — who never lost a case as a prosecutor — began.
“You have a very narrow goal,” he added. “Start with bias. You got [fired FBI counterintelligence official] Peter Strzok because he wanted [2016 Democratic nominee Hillary] Clinton to win and Trump to lose, but yet you hired people who wanted Clinton to win and Trump to lose.
“So, how much bias are you willing to put up with?” Gowdy continued. “You [meaning Mueller] fired Strzok but you hired a bunch of prosecutors who felt the same way.
“Number two, someone needs to ask about this legal issue… If you can resist an unlawful arrest, can you resist an unpredicated investigation?” Gowdy noted further, referencing the fact that Mueller was appointed by then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as a special counsel absent any allegation of criminal activity.
Recall that initially, Mueller was appointed to investigate “collusion” between Russia and the 2016 Trump administration. There, of course, was none, but if Trump had done that, it’s not a violation of federal law.
Asking the unpredicated question “forces Mueller to go to the origins of the Russia investigation, and how much time did he spend cycling through that.”
Then I would go to, what did you find? No collusion…no criminal collusion despite two years… What did you not find? An indictable offense for obstruction of justice. And then — this is a category, and I would encourage Devin (Nunes) and Jimmy (Jim Jordan, R-Ohio) to think about this, what did you not bother to look for?
Gowdy noted that earlier in the discussion on Hannity, he and Nunes (R-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, discussed blatant bias demonstrated by former Obama including UN Ambassador Samantha Power. Recently discovered emails from Power showing blatant anti-Trump bias as she requested the unmasking of hundreds of American citizens, some tied to the president’s campaign.
“We spent two years focused on whether a foreign country was going to influence or interfere with our election… Mueller, did you look at our own government?” Gowdy said.
“Did you look at what our own people were doing to maybe put their finger on the scale? Did you ever interview Christopher Steele? Do you know which Russians were feeding dirt to the American electorate via the DNC [Democratic National Committee]? Did you inteview [Fusion GPS founder and dossier commissioner] Glenn Simpson? Did you interview Jim Comey about why he leaked those memos?”
Mueller is scheduled to appear July 17.
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