Asked about Gowdy's comments, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president "still has concerns about whether or not the Federal Bureau of Investigation acted inappropriately having people in his campaign".
Gowdy told CBS that Trump is just "expressing frustration that Attorney General Sessions should have shared these reasons for recusal before he took the job".
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Gowdy was responding to a question about whether Trump may have obstructed justice in reportedly asking Sessions in March 2017 to reverse his decision to recuse himself in the probe, as The New York Times reported.
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Wilbur Ross , the commerce secretary, broke the news on a call with reporters Thursday morning. South Korea has not negotiated an exemption for its aluminum exports.
"It's a Rigged Witch Hunt", Trump declared, questioning why prosecutors were not investigating his 2016 challenger, "the totally Crooked Campaign of totally Crooked Hillary Clinton".
"If I were his lawyer, and I never will be, I would tell him to rely on his lawyers and his (communications) folks", he said.
Trump added at the end of his tweet, "And I wish I did!"
Gowdy's comments that undermine the president's claims are particularly striking because of his role as a powerful GOP watchdog who took on Democrat Hillary Clinton in his committee's investigation into the 2012 attack on an American mission in Benghazi, Libya, while she was secretary of state. "There are lots of really good lawyers in the country, he could have picked somebody else!' And I wish I did!" He did, however, seek out and meet several Trump campaign advisers.
In essence, Mr. Trump has never forgiven Sessions for recusing himself because he wanted an attorney general similar to the way the president perceived Obama Attorney General Eric Holder - defiant, politically ruthless and willing to defend the Obama administration on all fronts.
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To keep this momentum going, to continue this incredible progress, to keep on winning, you have to vote Republican in November. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, however, had a very different response later via Twitter.
Napolitano's reluctance to back Trump's "Spygate" claims was surprising in part because of the Napolitano's previous tendency to peddle conspiracy theories with no evidence.
Rosenstein agreed to brief lawmakers last week after being summoned to the White House by Trump.
Trump said he was "sorry" he was spending so much time on the Russian Federation investigation and said he has "to start focusing my energy" on the nuclear threat posed by North Korea, "bad Trade Deals", the economy and other issues.
Dershowitz said, "I'm relatively satisfied with Gowdy's assurances".
Obama's justice department, Hannity said, "utilized at least one informant to spy on multiple Trump campaign officials and associates during the 2016 election".
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If Boston opts to, it can run back its Eastern Conference Finals team, while adding All-Stars Hayward and Irving to the mix. The Celtics are in as good a position as all but maybe a few teams in the National Basketball Association .