GOP lawmaker and Chair of the House Oversight Committee Trey Gowdy threw cold-water on Republican cries for a second special counsel to investigate a string of Democratic scandals on Wednesday, saying the “threshold” has not been met to launch an independent probe of Hillary Clinton.
Gowdy was speaking with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer when he was asked to comment on his colleagues’ recent push to appoint a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton and James Comey over a list of scandals engulfing the Democratic Party.
“What’s the take away from Jeff Sessions’ testimony yesterday?” asked Hemmer.
“On the issue of special counsel, Jim Jordan’s a great friend, I have tremendous respect for him, but I did not sign the letter because I do not think the threshold has been met for the appointment of a special counsel,” said Gowdy.
“You can investigate something without special counsel,” he added. “There’s a threshold that has to be met, and I don’t think it has been met. To say we’re not going to appoint special counsel is not to say we’re not going to look into something.”
“You’re saying the threshold has not been met. At what point is it met?” pressed Hemmer.
“A conflict of interest where the Department of Justice and all 94 US Attorney’s offices are ill suited and the public would not have confidence in an investigation that they ran,” Gowdy fired-back.
Watch Gowdy’s comments above.