Trey Gowdy Changes Focus of House Russia Investigation to Democrats; Lists Potential Charges
After Devin Nunes recused himself from the House Russa Investigation Trey Gowdy took over for him. Since then the House Investigation has been the subject of large amounts of scrutiny. Gowdy recently seems to be more interested in the investigation focusing on potential collusion with Russia from the Democrats than Republicans-or from the President- though. Gowdy went even further when presenting potential charges for the Clinton campaign.
The failure of the Clinton campaign to disclose that it had spent over $10 million to fund research that led to the infamous “Trump-Russia dossier” may amount to money laundering, said Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee.
Speaking in an interview with Fox News on Sunday, the Republican representative for South Carolina accused the Clinton election campaign of failing to observe transparency rules for election spending.
He was referring to the Washington Post’s revelation last week that a lawyer representing the 2016 Clinton campaign, along with the Democratic National Committee (DNC), paid millions of dollars to Fusion GPS. The firm had hired former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele to research alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia during the Republican primaries on behalf of a GOP sponsor; the Democrat money helped this investigation to continue.
The money allegedly went through the law firm Perkins Coie and was reported as legal fees by the Clinton campaign. Gowdy argued that this may amount to money laundering.
“I’m not an election law expert, but the good news is you don’t have to be to understand the absurdity of believing that you can launder all of your campaign money by just hiring a law firm,” he said.
“Imagine if you and I were running for Congress, and we just hired a law firm and said ‘Hey, you go to all the oppo [research], you go buy all the television, you go buy all the bumper stickers, you go hire all the experts, and we will launder all of this through a law firm.’ I can’t think of anything that defeats the purpose of transparency laws more than that.”
He also criticized the Democratic camp for the inability to identify particular individuals who had authorized funding the research.
“I am also interested in sharing some memory tricks with folks at the DNC because no one can remember who paid 10 million dollars to a law firm to do oppo research. I find that stunning – 10 million dollars and no one can remember who authorized it, who approved it, who said this is a very good idea. So you’ve got two issues, a memory issue and then the lack of transparency by laundering money through a law firm.”