This morning, Republicans continued to roundly reject President Trump and his allies’ suggestion that Devin Nunes’ memo should have any impact or bearing on the credibility of the Russia investigation, and they made clear that they don’t agree with Donald Trump that the Mueller probe is a "witch hunt." The Nunes memo has already been torn apart as factually inaccurate by people who know the full story, including Trump's own FBI Director, but the point was never about facts - it was about tarnishing the Mueller probe. Now even Republicans in Congress are admitting that the whole effort has fallen flat on its face.
Watch what a few Republicans had to say today:
WATCH: Rep. Trey Gowdy on CBS supports Bob Mueller and says there would be a Russia investigation even without the dossier. pic.twitter.com/l60HC3JkFs— DNC Press (@dncpress) February 4, 2018
Margaret Brennan: “Saturday, President Trump tweeted that the memo ‘totally vindicated Trump’ in the Russia probe. We sat down earlier with South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy, a key House Intelligence investigator and asked him if he thought the president had been vindicated.”
Rep. Trey Gowdy: “I actually don't think it has any impact on the Russia probe for this reason … "
Margaret Brennan: “The memo has no impact on the Russia probe?”
Rep Gowdy: “No-- not to me, it doesn't -- and I was pretty integrally involved in the drafting of it. There is a Russia investigation without a dossier.”
WATCH: Rep. Brad Wenstrup on CNN supports the Mueller investigation and admits that the partisan Nunes memo wouldn't provide Trump any justification to fire Rosentstein or Mueller. pic.twitter.com/OEP2qdDnBE— DNC Press (@dncpress) February 4, 2018
CNN’s Jake Tapper: "Very quickly, do you think that this memo provides some sort of pretext for President trump to fire Rod Rosenstein or Robert Mueller?"
Rep. Brad Wenstrup: "No I don’t. And I was on with you in June, I believe, and I told you I support the Mueller investigation."
WATCH: Rep. Chris Stewart on Fox News says "it would be a mistake" for anyone to suggest Bob Mueller should not finish his investigation. pic.twitter.com/dVlV4PNUp4— DNC Press (@dncpress) February 4, 2018
FOX News’ Chris Wallace: "Congressman Stuart, does the G.O.P. Memo vindicate the president, does it end the need for the special prosecutor's investigation?"
Rep. Chris Stewart: "No, it doesn't end that need at all. I think it would be a mistake for anyone to suggest that the special counsel shouldn't complete his work. I support his work, I want him to finish it. I hope he finishes it as quickly as possible. This memo has frankly nothing at all to do with a special counsel. It was one of the criticisms of people last week and before that who had never seen the memo who said this is to impugn the integrity and of the work of a special counsel. As you know now, Chris, it has nothing to do with at all with that. They are very separate. I hope the special counsel will completed his work and report to on behalf of the American people."