Rep. Trey Gowdy disputes Trump's 'spy' claim, says Federal Bureau of Investigation acted properly

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday once again publicly humiliated Attorney General Jeff Sessions by angrily tweeting that he wished he'd picked someone else to run the Department of Justice.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) is defending the FBI after sitting in on last week's classified briefing about oversight of the FBI's campaign-season investigation into Russia's influence operation and possible Trump campaign contacts.

Gowdy told CBS This Morning, "there are lots of really good lawyers in the country".

"And when he asks, 'Should I have done that?' I say, 'No, the way it is now has worked out, '" Giuliani said, adding that he did not believe Trump would fire Sessions.

After The New York Times reported that Trump pressured Sessions to reverse his recusal from overseeing the Russian Federation probe in March 2017, the United States president confirmed his unhappiness over that decision in a tweet.


Trump and his attorney general's relationship has suffered greatly since Sessions' decision to recuse himself. "I think he should do it confidentially first, to give Mueller a chance to explain himself", Giuliani said.

If Sessions does bail, though, maybe Trump should consider Gowdy for the job.

Trump notably did not quote Gowdy's comments from the day before, in which he contradicted the president's "spygate" conspiracy theory and argued that the FBI had acted appropriately in its handling of the Russian Federation investigation. More recently, he said, Trump has not actively considered firing Sessions, but has wondered if he made the right decision in not doing so previously.

Gowdy went on to express concerns about Trump's attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller's team.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight Committee and a longtime Trump supporter, was briefed last week by the Justice Department and FBI following reports that investigators relied on a US government informant in its investigation into Russian election meddling.


"He's really the flawless person to talk to about this, because he's seen a lot of things that the rest of us have not see", Napolitano said of Gowdy.

"And I wish I had!" the president wrote.

A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment on Giuliani's statements. "And then what law enforcement does is up to them", the former prosecutor said.

On Monday, the Justice Department agreed to investigate "any irregularities" in Federal Bureau of Investigation tactics related to Trump's campaign.


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