Some prominent Republicans are joining Democrats in denouncing recent rhetoric by President Donald Trump and his attorney, John Dowd, who released a statement calling for the end of a federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
“I pray that Acting Attorney General Rosenstein will follow the brilliant and courageous example of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility and Attorney General Jeff Sessions and bring an end to alleged Russia collusion investigation manufactured by McCabe’s boss James Comey based upon a fraudulent and corrupt dossier,” Dowd said.
His comment came in the wake of Sessions’ decision to fire FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe less than two days before he would have been able to collect his full pension.
In a Fox News Channel interview Sunday morning, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., joined the chorus condemning Dowd’s statement.
“I think the president’s attorney, frankly, does him a disservice when he says that and when he frames the investigation that way,” the congressman said.
The primary mission of Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, Gowdy said, is “what did Russia do to this country in 2016,” not whether there was any collusion involving the Trump campaign.
“To suggest that Mueller should shut down and that all he is looking at is collusion — if you have an innocent client, Mr. Dowd, act like it,” he said.
Gowdy had a similar message for Trump following a series of tweets earlier in the day in which the president called out Mueller and other political enemies by name.
“My advice to the president is the same thing I just told his lawyer,” he said, encouraging him to give Mueller “the time, the independence and the resources” to conduct a full investigation.
If Trump truly is innocent, Gowdy concluded, he should “act like it.”
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