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Tags: House | oversight | committee | Trey Gowdy

Gowdy: Congress' Probe Won't 'Hyperfocus on Collusion'

Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight"

By    |   Tuesday, 20 June 2017 11:16 PM EDT

The media and Democrats seem to have a "hyperfocus on collusion" regarding the probe of Russian attempts to influence the U.S. presidential election, but that will not be the case with the House Intelligence Committee's investigation, said, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C, a member of the panel.

Appearing Tuesday on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Gowdy said he will be looking at four areas, with possible collusion between Russia, and the Donald Trump campaign being only a subset of one of those.

One area, he said, is "Russian active measures" and the U.S. response in 2016, which would have involved the Obama administration, including leaks and unmasking of sources. Collusion probes would be a subset of that, but would involve not only Trump, but any Americans who contacted Russians.

As for special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor himself, said the public can have confidence it will be apolitical as Mueller has been throughout his career.

Congress, on the other hand, tends to politicize everything, he said. 

"One of the members of the committee said this week that he has seen evidence, can't tell us what it is, it's not beyond a reasonable doubt," Gowdy said. "There's no way to defend yourself against those kind of baseless, reckless accusations. I think ultimately the public will have confidence in Robert Mueller's investigation. Whether or not they have confidence in Congress' investigation depends on how responsible we are and how we frame the issues."

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The media and Democrats seem to have a "hyperfocus on collusion" regarding the probe of Russian attempts to influence the U.S. presidential election, but that will not be the case with the House Oversight Committee's investigation, said the panel's newly tapped chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.
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