New GOP Chair Of House Oversight Committee Just Said He Will Completely Drop Russia Probe
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) will be taking over the House Oversight Committe andGovernment Reform from the departing Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). On Friday the Republican Congressman announced that he will not continue any investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
According to Politico, Gowdy told reporters he “wants to return the Oversight panel to its original ‘compulsory’ jurisdiction, including overseeing more mundane issues like government procurement and the Census.”
Gowdy, in an attempt to justify his desicion, said that he didn’t want to interfere with the investigation being done by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Gowdy also told reporters that he will not be looking into whether Trump White House adviser Jared Kushner’s security clearance should be revoked.
“Allegations of criminal or quasi-criminal activity is squarely within Mueller’s jurisdiction,” Gowdy said. “So the process by which security clearances are granted, if that needs to be tightened, amended, changed, I’m all for it. The revocation of previously existing security clearances… we don’t investigate crime.”