Rep. Trey Gowdy is not playing around with this Russia probe, and that’s been clear from the very beginning.
So, needless to say Gowdy wasn’t thrilled after a leak revealed late Friday that a grand jury had approved the probe’s first official charges.
Gowdy effectively slammed lead counsel Robert Mueller and his team, saying “make no mistake,” someone just broke the law.
Check it out (via Fox News):
“In the only conversation I’ve had with Robert Mueller, I expressed to him the importance of cutting out the leaks,” Gowdy told Fox News on Sunday.
“IT’S KIND OF IRONIC THAT THE PEOPLE CHARGED WITH INVESTIGATING THE LAW AND THE VIOLATIONS OF THE LAW WOULD VIOLATE THE LAW.”
Mueller and his team have for roughly the past five months been leading a Justice Department investigation into whether anybody associated with the President Trump’s 2016 White House campaign colluded with Russia to influence the election outcome. On Friday night, CNN reported that Mueller’s team has filed the first charges in the case with a federal grand jury.
“Make no mistake, disclosing grand jury material is a violation of the law. Somebody violated their oath of secrecy,” Gowdy, a South Carolina lawmaker and former federal prosecutor, also told Fox News on Sunday.
The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday that anyone charged will be taken into custody Monday. However, the charges have been sealed by a federal judge. So whoever is charged and whether the charges are criminal remains unclear.
The possible charges come as Mueller’s tactics have been called into question.
You can watch the clip below:
Gowdy slams Mueller team over leaks about charges in Trump-Russia probe https://t.co/v2MWd41RzP
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 29, 2017
News broke that Mueller had filed his first official charges in the Russia probe. Sources said at the time that someone would likely be in custody by Monday morning.
President Trump tweeted about the Russia probe as well, suggesting that perhaps the news had come to light this weekend to distract from Republicans’ “historic tax cuts & reform.”