Gowdy Statement on Russia Investigation
Washington, DC - Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement regarding the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence's investigation into Russian interference in our 2016 election:
“Over the course of our year long investigation, the Committee interviewed a total of 73 witnesses. I asked every witness I questioned for evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between Donald Trump, his official campaign, or those who represented they had some connection with him and the Russian government. I specifically asked witnesses about the hacking of the DNC server, the unlawful accessing of John Podesta's emails, and the dissemination of materials acquired during either of those intrusions. No witness provided evidence—direct or circumstantial—of collusion, coordination or conspiracy.
It remains clear Russia sought to sow the seeds of discord and challenge the reliability of the 2016 election cycle. Russia is not our friend. Russia will do what it can, when it can, to undermine the foundations of our democracy.
It is also clear, based on the evidence, Russia had disdain for Secretary Clinton and was motivated in whole or in part by a desire to harm her candidacy or undermine her Presidency had she prevailed.
It is crystal clear Russia's ultimate goal was to turn Americans against Americans, undercut our confidence in the electoral process, and sow the seeds of discord. On that measure, we are in direct control—as Americans—of whether they succeed or not."