Gowdy on Trump's Spy Claims: I'm 'Convinced' FBI Did What Americans Would Want Them to Do
Says Trump 'was never the target.'
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House Oversight & Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said the FBI is "doing what [Trump] told them to do."
Gowdy said the real source of Trump's frustrations, as aired on Twitter, is not the FBI but Democrats and Obama White House officials who have blasted him over the Russia probe on a regular basis.
"The FBI is doing what he told them to do," he said in regard to an alleged "spy" being placed in his campaign by the bureau.
"I am even more convinced that the FBI did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do when they got the information they got, and that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump," Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, said.
"It was Trump himself who said, 'I didn't collude with Russia but if anyone did, I want the FBI to find that out,'" Gowdy said.
Why aren’t the 13 Angry and heavily conflicted Democrats investigating the totally Crooked Campaign of totally Crooked Hillary Clinton. It’s a Rigged Witch Hunt, that’s why! Ask them if they enjoyed her after election celebration!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2018
Gowdy said Trump should be "heartened" by the fact all of the top agents in the Justice Department are his own appointees.
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While Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the probe, Gowdy noted that it was Trump who nominated then-Maryland U.S. attorney Rod Rosenstein to be deputy attorney general, as well as former Chris Christie attorney Christopher Wray as FBI director.
Gowdy said that he is even more confident, after a recent confidential meeting with DOJ officials, that Trump is not the target of Robert Mueller's investigation. Still, Gowdy cautioned that status could change at any time.
He said that Trump should be and likely is mostly frustrated by a barrage of criticism from House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff of California. He also pointed out how dozens of House Democrats did not vote against a resolution to impeach Trump.
Gowdy said Trump is also more incensed by Obama-era CIA Director John Brennan saying he belongs "in the dustbin of history" and additional negative comments former FBI Director James Comey.