Speaking to reporters, Chairman Gowdy said he intended to return House Oversight Committee to its original compulsory jurisdiction of government process and the U.S. Census.
The Chairman said it is possible that the Committee will return to investigate allegations of Russian collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, but he would not interfere in the efforts of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He also said that the investigation into Russian collusion was outside the jurisdiction of his committee.
“No. 1: It’s in the jurisdiction of Bob Mueller. And secondarily, I would think Judiciary has jurisdiction over the Department of Justice and the FBI. To the extent that any of those memos are classified, that would be [Intelligence].” He continued, “And for those that think a third committee ought to look at it, Oversight would have secondary permissive jurisdiction but it would be secondary.”
In the past, Congressman Gowdy was known for explosive, political hearings like the Benghazi Investigation.
The House Oversight Committee ended up spending millions on the investigation on the terrorist assault on the U.S. embassy in Libya with the hope of sullying Sec. of State Hillary Clinton. In many ways, they achieved their objective. Voters ended up believing that Donald Trump, a man known for pathological lying, was more honest than Sec. Hillary Clinton, who while imperfect, was not an accused fraudster.