White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley on Monday criticized Democrats for being “upset” special counsel Robert Mueller did not return evidence President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to undermine the 2016 presidential election.
“They should be celebrating the fact that the president was being truthful,” Gidley told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.” “He was being honest and knew that there was nothing there. No evidence, to corroboration, no collusion. Instead, they are upset about it.”
He singled out Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., complaining the lawmaker has said he agrees he does not think impeachment is the right choice for now, but he had been telling the United States he had “stone cold evidence” against the president.
“No one is asking Adam Schiff, ‘hey, do you retract this? Do you have the evidence?'” Gidley said. “Everyone still takes him seriously. I don’t even know how that’s possible.”
Meanwhile, the mood in the White House is “very good,” Gidley said, but there remains “some righteous indignation and anger why did this all start in the first place? It completely wasted the American’s people’s time and money.”
He also rejected Democrats’ argument Trump is putting the Republican Party before the country.
“The president loves this country,” Gidley said. “He didn’t have to run for president. He was a successful businessman. He has seen how this country has been hurt last eight years economically and ISIS taking over so much of the world. He has come in and changed all of that systematically in two years.”