In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Rep. Trey Gowdy said that Americans should expect the Trump administration to potentially appoint a second special counsel to investigate the misdeeds of the Justice Department.
“You know, this Democrat memo makes me smile,” Gowdy said of the ridiculous document that Adam Schiff released to refute the original Devin Nunes memo. “If it were up to Adam Schiff, it would have been a haiku and not a memo because he did everything he could to keep us from finding out any of the information that was in either one of those memos.
“So Congress has proven itself incapable of investigating this FISA abuse,” he continued. “DOJ should not be looking into it. We need an independent arbiter that’s either the inspector general or special counsel. Over the weekend, I’d counted up almost two dozen witnesses that the inspector general would not have access to, were he alone conducting this investigation, so I think we’re trending perhaps towards another special counsel because of this unique fact pattern and the fact that there are witnesses outside the reach of the inspector general.”
Host Maria Bartiromo echoed the president, who has said it is not sufficient to have the Justice Department’s inspector general look into the matters of FISA abuse, which could include criminality. “So we should have then, you believe, another special counsel to investigate these matters?” she asked. “How does one investigate itself, frankly?”
“Well you don’t,” Gowdy said. “I wish that I had been able to grade my own papers in college and law school, but I was not able to. I would have done better first of all, but–we don’t put family members on the jury. We don’t put friends on the jury.
“You need an independent arbiter, and the Department of Justice cannot investigate itself,” he continued. “Horowitz is a fair guy, but when there are two dozen witnesses that have left the department or worked for another agency, someone else has to do it and I am reluctant to call for special counsel, but I think it may be unavoidable in this fact pattern.”
No one necessarily wants to see the federal government bogged down in two separate special counsel investigations, but frankly, this one should supersede the first. While Robert Mueller is busy chasing down the likes of Paul Manafort’s best friend in high school, the American public has serious questions about the investigative abuses of the Obama administration. And if another special counsel is what it takes to get answers, then that’s what it takes.