Gowdy Says He Hasn’t Seen Evidence Of Trump’s Wild Wiretapping Claim

AP

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who led the House’s Benghazi investigation, told Fox News on Monday that he has not seen any evidence to back up President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that Barack Obama ordered surveillance of Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign.

After Gowdy said he has not seen any evidence to support Trump’s tweets on the matter, Fox News’ Bill Hemmer noted that Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the House Oversight Chairman, said earlier on the network that the Obama administration had “been notorious on this type of stuff.”

Hemmer asked Gowdy if he had anything to add to Chaffetz’s comments, and in response the South Carolina Republican took the opposite tack.

“I don’t view it as the Obama team,” Gowdy said. “I don’t think the FBI is the Obama team, and I don’t think the men and women who are career prosecutors at DOJ belong to any team other than a blindfolded woman holding a set of scales.”

“We have certain tools that this country needs to keep us safe, and it is great and wise and prudent and legal for those tools to be used lawfully and appropriately,” Gowdy continued. “If they’re not used lawfully and appropriately, there is a paper trail and we’ll be able to find it out.”

He noted that Obama is not President any more.

“So any information that the current Department of Justice has that suggests the previous Department of Justice acted inappropriately, they are welcome to release it,” Gowdy said.

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