Gowdy disputes ‘spy’ claim, says FBI acted properly

What I have seen is evidence that they were investigating individuals with a history of links to Russia that were concerning' Florida Sen. Marco Rubio told ABC's'Meet the Press

"Now, keep in mind, that can all change depending on what a witness says, but as of now, I think Chris Wray and Rod Rosenstein are stunned whenever people think Trump is the target of their investigation", he added.

A key Republican has defended the FBI's decision to use an informant to assist in the earliest stages of the investigation into ties between Donald Trump's campaign and Russian operatives.

President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani said that he can fully understand why Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from investigations related to Russian Federation and the presidential election and that he might have done the same, had he accepted that job, as Trump wanted. The briefing, which one of Trump's lawyers attended, was about documents pertinent to the ongoing criminal investigation of the president's campaign.

Former Judge Andrew Napolitano, a Trump favorite, followed Gowdy, and he was similarly unimpressed with the claims being made by Trump and Giuliani.

The South Carolina congressman told Fox on Tuesday that after receiving classified briefing on the subject "I am even more convinced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do" in acting on information.

"Trump continued tweeting Gowdy's remarks: "'There are lots of really good lawyers in the country, he could have picked somebody else!'"

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The attorney general reasoned that because he was a member of Trump's campaign, he was obligated to recuse himself from the Justice Department's investigation into potential collusion with Russian Federation. Sessions, during his confirmation hearings, provided misleading testimony regarding his past interactions with Russia's ambassador to the United States. That decision by Sessions, as well as Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, helped lead the way to the appointment of Mueller as special counsel.

You can see video of Gowdy's interview here.

During a Tuesday evening interview on Fox News, House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) dismissed President Trump's accusation that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was "spying" on his campaign in 2016. "I've never met or talked to the president".

Smith also dismantled the president's "Spygate" accusation, saying "Fox News knows of no evidence to support the claim".

Mueller's prosecutors have so far obtained guilty pleas from five individuals, including three former Trump campaign staffers, and indictments of 14 other people and three companies. He had also come under scrutiny after it was revealed that he met with a Russian ambassador to the US during the campaign but failed to mention it during sworn testimony before Congress. You take a look at what's going on.

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