Asked if he supports Trump attorney John Dowd's call for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to end the Russia investigation, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) told Fox News' Chris Wallace Sunday that Dowd should act like his client is innocent if indeed President Donald Trump has done nothing wrong.
"I don't, and I think the President's attorney, frankly, does him a disservice when he says that and when he frames the investigation that way,” Gowdy said. He later added, "If you have an innocent client, Mr. Dowd, act like it.
Gowdy rightly noted that the scope of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is broader than whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with Russia:
“If you look at the jurisdiction for Robert Mueller — first and foremost, what did Russia do to this country in 2016. That is supremely important and it has nothing to do with collusion.”
Questioned as to how the House would respond if Trump decided to fire Mueller or Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee said essentially there is nothing the House can do:
“I hope that’s not what’s happening,” Gowdy remarked. “I’m not sure the House can do a lot. We don’t have advise and consent. I think the president is going to have a really difficult time nominating and having approved another attorney general. It’s going to be a very, very, long, bad 2018.”