Rep. Trey Gowdy wants his Republican colleagues to give special counsel Robert Mueller a chance as he reportedly nears arresting people in his probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Gowdy said on “Fox News Sunday” Mueller is known as a non-political person in Washington and has faithfully served the country as both the director of the FBI and a U.S. attorney. He urged Republicans to keep that in mind as the investigation progresses.
“I would encourage my Republican friends, give the guy a chance to do his job. The result will be known by the facts covered by what he uncovers,” he said. “The personalities involved are much less important to me than the underlying facts. I would say give the guy a chance to do his job.”
Gowdy said he doesn’t expect the charges, reportedly set to come on Monday, to be against a small player in the investigation.
“It's really important what the charge is, it's really important who the person being charged is,” he said. “One thing I don't get that excited about, although I do see a lot of reporting, somehow or another you will be able to flip a witness and that witness is going to turn state's evidence on everyone else. If you didn't believe a witness yesterday, chances are great you are not going to believe that witness tomorrow.”
Despite his praise for Mueller, Gowdy added he is disappointed there appears to be leaks coming from Mueller’s camp.
He said the reports of indictments being handed down by the grand jury should trouble people who want this to be a free and fair process.
“I will say this, the only conversation I've had with Robert Mueller was stressing to him the importance of cutting out the leaks with respect to serious investigations,” he said. “It is kind of ironic that the people charged with investigating the law and executing the law would violate the law and, make no mistake, disclosing grand jury material is a violation of the law.”