Rep. Trey Gowdy said he was "surprised" that the House Intelligence Committee interview with Donald Trump Jr. on Wednesday spent seven hours focusing on the brief meeting that took place in Trump Tower last summer between Trump campaign members and Russian officials.
For all the time it took, the South Carolina Republican said, the committee gleaned "nothing illegal or improper" in regards to Trump Jr.'s actions related to the meeting which has made him a focus of investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
"I think only a bunch of lawyers could drag out a 20-minute meeting into a seven-hour deposition," Gowdy told Fox News Wednesday evening.
"We are talking about a 20-minute meeting from which no information was gleaned at Trump Tower, so how you get seven hours out of that for a bunch of guys and gals that aren't paid by the hour," he added, "it was quite a sight to see."
Gowdy also commended both Trump Jr. and his colleagues on the intelligence panel for being "incredibly professional."
Gowdy's recollection of the interview, which lasted eight hours in total, differed in tone from Democratic members of the intelligence panel.
Ranking member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., complained about how Trump Jr. acknowledged, but refused to answer, questions about the discussion he had with his father, President Trump, after emails about the setup for the meeting came to light.
"After those emails became public, he acknowledged discussing that matter with his father, but refused to answer questions about that discussion on the basis of a claim of attorney-client privilege," Schiff told CNN. "In my view, there is no attorney-client privilege that protects a discussion between father and son."
The emails showed that the meeting was predicated on the promise of dirt on Hillary Clinton, Trump's Democratic opponent in the 2016 election, though Trump Jr. asserts those promises were never delivered upon.
Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, another member of the House intelligence panel, trumpeted that the investigation into Trump Jr. "is far from over."