Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) joined Bill Hemmer on “America’s Newsroom” to talk about his recent meeting with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and the House Intelligence committee, reports Fox News. Gowdy shows during the interview that he is frustrated beyond belief with how the interviewing went.
The committee interviewed Bannon for hours on Tuesday and during the talks, Gowdy says that Bannon began to be cooperative with them, but once his lawyers got involved then Bannon began to be more difficult for the committee.
The committee is also set to interview former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on Wednesday.
Bannon has been frustrating for the committee because he has cited a unique version of “executive privilege,” when it comes to answering questions about working in the White House or even his conversations with the president after his firing.
Gowdy said before he could ask him any questions, first, they had to clear up what exactly “executive privileges” mean to Bannon because Gowdy was certainly confused about what he meant there.
Gowdy said that he asked Bannon about the treasonous comment he has made about Trump’s children in regards to talking to Russian officials and Gowdy said that Bannon “clammed up” after his lawyers told him to stop speaking about it.
It was clear Gowdy was frustrated with Bannon for “exerting privileges that do not exist” but also the fact that Bannon is completely willing to talk to members of the media or an author of a book (a not so subtle jab at Michael Wolff’s recent book Fire and Fury) instead of the elected officials whose job it is to investigate manners such as the ones Bannon is accusing.
Gowdy said he wants to get more answers from Bannon and continue the investigation, but he has yet to find any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
“Some of my colleagues have already made up their minds, namely Adam Schiff. He found collusion before we even started,” Gowdy said. “I’m not sure how you do that, but he did it.”
Schiff, a Democrat from California, has been a vocal critic of the president before and during the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia probe.
Since March, our investigation has made important progress. We’ve interviewed numerous key witnesses behind closed doors, held public hearings, reviewed thousands of documents, identified new leads — all to understand and expose Russia’s meddling and protect our democracy.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) December 15, 2017
Gowdy said that he, so far, sees no evidence of collusion but that there are many more interviews to come and looks as though the House Intelligence Committees work isn’t done yet.