Former congressman Trey Gowdy dismantled an argument used by critics of the president to claim that he acted improperly by asking his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to seek evidence of corruption from Ukrainian officials.
Gowdy was speaking to Dana Perino on her Fox News show when she asked him about the claims against Giuliani.
"Rudy is not hard to find, and that is a knowable fact. Whether or not the State Department directed Mr. Giuliani, or whether or not somebody else did, or whether he did it on his own initiative," Gowdy answered.
"But, I think the seminal question is, does any of that matter? What is the theory under which that is an impeachable offense? If the president asks Mayor Giuliani to do it, is that the impeachable offense?" he asked.
"Keep in mind in the transcript, Dana, it was the Ukrainian president who first brought up Rudy's name! It wasn't Donald Trump!" Gowdy laughed.
"The Ukrainian president is the first one to mention Rudy Giuliani, and we are in a sad state of affairs if you cannot have the Attorney General, Bill Barr, ask about a piece of evidence that one point, [former FBI Director] Jim Comey and the FBI were interested in, also lots of people were interested in, the server, because it may help us prevent future attacks," he explained.
"So if it is impeachable for the Attorney General to seek a piece of relevant evidence, we're in a weird wild place!" Gowdy concluded.
Democrats have begun an impeachment inquiry based on the accusations against the president based on a transcript of a phone call he made with the Ukrainian president. His critics say the president used his office in order to seek favors from a foreign government to influence the 2020 election.
Defenders of the president say he was merely asking the Ukrainian government to look into corruption that might relate to U.S. interests.
Here's the video of Gowdy's comment:
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