Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said a GOP memo alleging FBI misconduct has nothing to do with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's actions in the 2016 election and possible links to President Donald Trump's campaign.
"Not to me, it doesn't — and I was pretty integrally involved in the drafting of it," Gowdy told CBS's Margaret Brennan for an interview set to air on "Face the Nation" on Sunday. "There is a Russia investigation without a dossier. So to the extent the memo deals with the dossier and the FISA process, the dossier has nothing to do with the meeting at Trump Tower."
"The dossier has nothing to do with an email sent by Cambridge Analytica. The dossier really has nothing to do with George Papadopoulos' meeting in Great Britain. It also doesn't have anything to do with obstruction of justice."
The memo alleges top FBI and Department of Justice officials were not forthcoming about the motivations behind Christopher Steele's controversial dossier, including indirect funding from Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign. The memo further states the dossier was essential to the bureau's request to spy on Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page.
Some of the president's allies have sought to use the memo to bash the FBI and undermine the integrity of those involved in Mueller's probe.
Gowdy has cautioned his fellow Republicans about jumping to conclusions, adding that his advice last week had been to leave Mueller "the hell alone."
The president wrote on Twitter Saturday that the memo "totally vindicates 'Trump'" and that there was no collusion or obstruction.
Gowdy, a three-term lawmaker who rose to prominence with his role in multiple investigations including a probe into the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, announced earlier this week that he is not seeking reelection.