Former federal prosecutor says trial and jury would be fairer than 14-month investigation
Former South Carolina Republican congressman Trey Gowdy said President Donald Trump should consider opening himself to being indicted for obstruction of justice, according to reports.
The former Republican and the federal prosecutor argued that a trial and jury would be a fairer than a 14-month impeachment investigation helmed by House Democrats.
“I’d take my chances with 12 reasonable minded fellow citizens than I would the House Democrats,” he said.
“You can waive any right you have. You have the right to remain silent, but you can talk to the police if you want to,” Gowdy said.
“You have a right to a jury trial, but you can plead guilty if you want to. I’ll bet the president has a right to say, go ahead, indict me.
If you have enough — the Supreme Court’s never said that I can’t be indicted.
This is DOJ. I’m the head of DOJ. I run the executive branch. If you have enough to indict me, go ahead and do it. At least you’ll have some clarity.”
Robert Mueller stated to the world’s press on Wednesday, regarding his 22-month-long investigation into interference in the 2016 election, confirming that his probe found no evidence that President Donald Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia.
During his remarks, Mueller said his statement will be his first and last comments on the matter as he is resigning from his role and the special counsel’s office will be shut down now the investigation is complete.
But Mueller appeared to signal to Congress it would be up to them to take up the investigation when he said, “the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing.”
Gowdy argued it would be dangerous for the president because Democrats long ago determined he was guilty.
“What you’re going to have now, for the next 14 months, is an impeachment investigation by folks who have already made up their mind,” he said.
On this topic of evidentiary thresholds, Gowdy acknowledged that this case would be “above no evidence,” but determined “the jury is never going to convict him.”
“I don’t think there’s a prosecutable case for obstruction,” he said.
Gowdy also stated that if former FBI Director James Comey is ‘concerned’ about the findings of a review of the Russia investigation’s origins, he only has himself to blame.
Gowdy said during a Tuesday appearance on “The Story” that Comey has “no one to blame but himself” if he is concerned about Attorney General William Barr appointing a prosecutor to probe the Russia investigation origins.