In a heated exchange on Thursday, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) of the House Judiciary Committee blasted Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for failing to take seriously his job of providing oversight on the Mueller investigation. Gowdy told Rosenstein that he was apparently unaware of the fact that Mueller’s inquiry – being exploited to great effect by Democrats and liberal pundits in the media – was having an outsized effect on our democracy. Gowdy was no incensed by the situation that he gave up his time after making a grand speech, not even bothering to ask any questions of Rosenstein or FBI Director Christopher Wray.
“So this is where we are,” Gowdy said. “We’re two years into this investigation, we’re a year and a half into the presidency. We’re over a year into special counsel. You have a counterintelligence investigation that’s become public. You have a criminal investigation that’s become political. You have more bias than I have ever seen manifest in a law enforcement officer in the 20 years I used to do it for a living. And four other DOJ employees who had manifest animus toward the person they were supposed to be neutrally and detachably investigating.
“Democrats are using this investigation as a presumption of guilt, which I find astonishing and in the long run, for the health of this republic, I would encourage them to go back to the presumption of innocence that we use to hold sacred,” he continued. “There’s a presumption of guilt, there’s a desire by Democrat senators to fundraise off your investigation. More than 60 Democrats have already voted to proceed with impeachment before Bob Mueller has found a single, solitary, damn thing. More than 60 have voted to move forward with impeachment, and he hasn’t presented his first finding!
“Whatever you got,” he concluded, “finish it the hell up because this country is being torn apart.”
This was such a beautiful speech that we can hardly improve upon it with any additional commentary. Gowdy really said it all in such a succinct, timely fashion that it stands on its own as one of the finest rebukes of this investigation that we’ve seen to date. Rosenstein, if he cares one whit about the integrity of the Justice Department, the state of the FBI, or the fabric of our nation’s democracy, would do well to take Gowdy’s advice to heart.