Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee does not plan on investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, according to Politico.
The panel’s new chairman also reportedly noted it does not intend on probing whether President Trump obstructed justice.
The South Carolina Republican purportedly added both topics fall under the jurisdiction of the House Intelligence Committee and the House Judiciary Committee instead.
“No. 1: It’s in the jurisdiction of [special counsel] Bob Mueller,” Gowdy told reporters Friday.
“And secondarily, I would think Judiciary has jurisdiction over the Department of Justice [DOJ] and the FBI,” he continued.
“To the extent that any of those memos are classified, that would be [Intelligence]. And for those that think a third committee ought to look at it, Oversight would have secondary permissive jurisdiction but it would be secondary.”
Gowdy’s remarks provoked a mixed reaction on Twitter, with some users criticizing his comments.
Laura Ingraham, a conservative radio host, urged her Twitter followers to show Gowdy support over his past remarks defending Trump.
Gowdy took over Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s (R-UT) role helming the oversight panel last week as the latter is due to leave Congress at the end of June before his term ends.
Mueller, a former FBI director, is leading the DOJ’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race, including possible collusion between Moscow and Trump’s campaign.