I want to play a little audio from South Carolina Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy, who was talking about this on CBS yesterday. "He really has been a great soldier in terms of promoting the president's law enforcement policies and objectives".
The F.B.I. obtained phone records and other documents using national security letters - a secret type of subpoena - officials said.
Halper, who served in past Republican administrations, was not a part of Trump's campaign.
"The folks who have seen the information have the same perspective", Gowdy said. "The folks who have not seen the information, I don't know what informs their perspective". CNN even pulled Fox News into the mix with a chyron proclaiming, "GOP's Gowdy Refutes Trump, Nunes, Fox "Spy" Conspiracy".
"There is no evidence for that whatsoever", Napolitano said.
U.S. officials have disputed this characterization to CNN, saying a confidential intelligence source was not planted inside the campaign. What I'm not seeing is that if it is counterintelligence, which we have always been told it is, why wasn't Donald Trump or Hilary Clinton informed.
Trump doubled down on his spy theory as recently as Tuesday night, at a rally in Tennessee. If, in fact, you are so unhappy with one of the Cabinet officials and you allow them to remain in place, you have to wonder, why?
President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that he wished he had not selected Jeff Sessions as his attorney general, a day after it was reported that Trump told Sessions to regain control of the Russian Federation probe previous year - and was angered when the attorney general refused.
Giuliani said Trump consulted him last summer during the height of his rage about Sessions' recusal.
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"And I wish I did!"
Giuliani told the Huffington Post the Mueller probe has not found anything to link Trump's 2016 campaign with Russian Federation and that he thinks the investigation will come to an end soon.
Sessions had met with Trump at Mar-a-Lago in hopes he could persuade the president to withdraw and revise his first travel ban after it was blocked by a federal judge.
Nevertheless, Trump has raged publicly and privately about Sessions' recusal, and even Tweeted Wednesday that he regretted picking Sessions as an attorney general.
"There's no doubt he's complained about him, there's no doubt he has some grievances". 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.
"It was disappointing to see how quickly [Gowdy] fell into the role of defense counsel for the president", Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), the Intelligence Committee's top Democrat, said of his time helping to run the panel's Russian Federation probe.
Rudy Giuliani says if the president decides to fire Sessions and Rosenstein, it won't happen until after Robert Mueller completes the Russian Federation investigation. "We should be focused on that".
The former mayor of New York City urged that the investigation should end soon so that it doesn't affect Republican chances in November's midterm elections.
Trump, meanwhile, noted Gowdy's comment that the president could have picked someone other than Jef Sessions to lead the Justice Department.
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