During an interview with Fox News on Thursday, former congressman Trey Gowdy criticized Democrats for slamming Attorney General William Barr’s handling of the Mueller report.
Host Martha MacCallum played a series of clips for Gowdy of various lawmakers speaking out against Barr. Gowdy responded saying that it seemed like many were doing it for attention, pointing specifically to 2020 presidential candidate Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.).
Watch Swalwell’s comments below:
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“I think that last voice was Eric Swalwell’s and for your viewers that don’t know who that is, that’s a member of the Judiciary committee and Intelligence committee from California, he’s running for president, which I’m sure none of your viewers are familiar with and they won’t be a year from now,” Gowdy said. “So he’s trying to get attention.”
He also pointed out House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent comments about the attorney general. As IJR Blue previously reported, Pelosi claimed that Barr’s report would “undermine our Constitution,” also saying that his insinuations of spying showed that he was “going off the rails.”
“Nancy Pelosi said that Barr was off the rails, if anyone in the country would understand being off the rails, it would be Speaker Pelosi,” Gowdy said. “This is a guy who was voice voted by the Senate. Democrats loved him.”
Gowdy also claimed that Democrats originally approved of Barr as attorney general, but quickly changed after he released his summary of the Mueller report.
“They thought he was an institutionalist, he was going to revive the Department of Justice,” said Gowdy. “What they don’t like is what he summarized in the Mueller report. That’s what they don’t like. No collusion and we decided there is no obstruction of justice.”
As IJR Red previously reported, Barr will release the redacted report by next week and has also said he would be reviewing the investigation for possible misconduct.