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Retiring Rep. Trey Gowdy: 'I've Been a Pretty Lousy Politician'

(CBS's "Face the Nation")

By    |   Sunday, 04 February 2018 12:31 PM

Responding to the news one of the House Intelligence Committee officials who authored the controversial FISA memo will be retiring from Congress, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., admitted Sunday he is more interested in justice than politics.

"I enjoy the justice system more — I enjoy being fair," Gowdy told CBS's "Face the Nation." "I enjoy the pursuit of fairness as a virtue, and I'm just more comfortable in that system. 

"I was a pretty good prosecutor, I think, but I've been a pretty lousy politician. . . . Whatever time I've got left, I want to spend it in the justice system because that's where my heart is."

Gowdy was "pretty integrally involved in the drafting" of the memo the White House released Friday, standing in "100 percent" support of FBI special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into 2016 election meddling by Russia while additionally wanting the public to know of FBI abuses of a FISA warrant to surveil an administration's political opposition.

"I see multiple sides of a single issue," Gowdy told host Margaret Brennan. "And the fact that someone disagrees with me, does not make me challenge their love of the country. It doesn't make me believe that they're corrupt."

Gowdy laments the reality that in "politics too often winning is the only thing that matters."

"There's a reason we throw out search warrants even though we find the murder weapon," Gowdy added. "There's a reason we throw out confessions even though we think the person did it. The process matters.

"The end does not justify the means. And in politics, it's just about winning. And I can't – I don't want to – live like that."

Despite the partisan politics on both sides of the aisle in the House's investigation of Russia meddling and potential Trump campaign collusion, Gowdy continue to side with "process" and the evidence uncovered.

"You know, we're not through with the investigation, so I'm not going to prejudge the outcome of it," Gowdy said, after rebuking the fact California Democratic Rep. "Adam Schiff prejudged this investigation before he interviewed the first witness."

"I have seen no evidence of collusion between President Trump and the Russians or his campaign and the Russians."

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Responding to the news one of the House Intelligence Committee officials who authored the controversial FISA memo will be retiring from Congress, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., admitted Sunday he is more interested in justice than politics."I enjoy the justice system more - I...
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