Former South Carolina Republican congressman Trey Gowdy said former special counsel Robert Mueller failed to deliver for the Democrats, who had pinned their hopes on Mueller’s testimony before two House committees to have President Trump impeached.
Trey maintained on “The Story” on Wednesday, July 24, that pressure had been applied by some lawmakers on the House Judiciary and House Intelligence committees to try to impeach the president by using different legal avenues than the normal.
“Before Bob Mueller had uttered a single syllable of the report, 60 House Democrats moved to impeach him,” Gowdy said. “What they wanted was Mueller to come in and do their job for them—to issue this roadmap that could lead them to impeachment,” he added.
Gowdy, a previous member of the Judiciary Committee, said some Democrats, including Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I. )who questioned Mueller were attempting to put the onus on the president to exonerate himself in the Russia investigation.
“In the criminal justice realm, you are cloaked with the presumption of innocence … unless and until the United States government proves each essential element of an offense beyond a reasonable doubt.” “You can’t do it, which is why we don’t make people do it in court,” Gowdy said. “They’re having a hard time getting their standard right.”
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said that during the hearings Mueller repeatedly stalled for time, “I was telling our guys early on, right after he started, that no question—his staff has been telling him if you mention the report, he’s going to ask which volume, which page—he’s going to take up as much of your five minutes as he can—taking his time, ‘Gee, what was that.'”
House Judiciary Committee member Gohmert suggested that Mueller was also showing forgetfulness due to his age, which may have affected his clarity, “I thought some of it was an act, some of it was, you know, he’s just an older gentleman,” he continued, “That does not excuse him putting this country through hell as a special prosecutor dragging this thing out.” Gohmert said he could have wrapped the whole thing up last year, but chose to continue it to attempt to affect the next election. “He would probably have continued if we hadn’t had a strong attorney general come in and see that he had nothing after two years,” he said.
Gohmert also stated in an interview on FoxNews that one of Mueller’s deputies, prosecutor Andrew Weissmann appeared to be the instigator behind the Russia investigation, which demonstrated the power the deputy had over Mueller. “It’s also clear from the hearing today that Weissmann was the driving force behind all this,” he said.
President Trump said to reporters on Wednesday at the White House, “Everyone knew it was a hoax, especially those Democrats. … This was a devastating day for the Democrats.”