GOP's Gowdy rejects Trump's 'spy' claim, defends FBI probe

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The Justice Department is barred from discriminating against employees or applicants on the basis of political affiliation. Another staunch advocate of President Trump on cable TV, Judge Andrew Napolitano, also appeared on Fox and expressed agreement with Gowdy's assessment that the president and Rudy are not accurate in saying that a spy infiltrated the Trump campaign. The fact that the FBI source spoke with "people on the periphery of the campaign", he said, "is standard operating procedure in intelligence gathering and in criminal investigations".

"There are a number of things that have been reported on and that show, I think not just for the president, but for a number of Americans a large cause for concern, and we'd like to see this fully looked into", Sanders said.

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment about Trump's assessment of Sessions.

Gowdy told "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday that "there are lots of really good lawyers in the country". Sessions, a top Trump campaign surrogate, announced the decision in March 2017 after it was revealed that he had contacts with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. during the 2016 election.

It comes amid fresh news reports that Trump had asked Sessions to rescind his recusal.

Sessions, one of Trump's biggest boosters during the 2016 campaign, recused himself in March 2017 from any investigations related to the campaign.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, a former NY mayor, said this week that any Trump sit-down with Mueller would not occur before the possible Trump summit June 12 with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

He added that he believes Trump should have been informed about the investigation into his campaign during the election, but admitted it's a "judgment call", with credible reasons behind the decision not to inform then-candidate Trump.

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Gowdy said in his interviews that Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray have made clear to him that Trump was never a target of the FBI's investigation. "And in fact, when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said, 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, '" Mr. Trump said. At the time, he was the first Trump cabinet official known to be interviewed.

To be sure, however, Mueller's office has filed criminal charges against a number of people, including Trump's former campaign chairman, deputy campaign chairman, national security adviser and others.

Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, said the FBI was just doing what Trump said it should do. "Say in private what you've said publicly".

Trump on Wednesday tweeted a quote from Republican congressman Trey Gowdy, who said Sessions should have told Trump before accepting the job that he planned to recuse himself from the investigation.

Halper, an academic at the University of Cambridge who served in past Republican administrations, was not a part of Trump's campaign, but the news outlets have reported that he reached out to some Trump advisers to gather information as part of the Russian Federation investigation.

"There's no evidence to support that spy theory", Schiff said.

"I disagree with Trey Gowdy", Schlapp said.

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