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Trump claims he's 'vindicated,' some Republicans aren't sure

Republican U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina on Sunday disputed President Donald Trump's assertion that a recently declassified memo "vindicates" him of any alleged collusion with Russia in the 2016 presidential election.
U.S. President Donald Trump's reaction to the release of a controversial memo is clear: "The memo totally vindicates Trump in probe."

But that's far from clear, even to members of his own political party.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. REPRESENTATIVE TREY GOWDY, SAYING:

"I actually don't think it has any impact on the Russia probe for this reason, not to me it doesn't, and I was pretty integrally involved in the drafting of it."

U.S. Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, sits on the House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee, and on Sunday he told CBS News that he believes special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged ties between Trump and Russia should continue.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. REPRESENTATIVE TREY GOWDY, SAYING:

"I don't know how many other Republicans feel that way. I am on the record saying I support Bob Mueller, 100 percent."

The controversy bubbling up after Republicans in the House Intelligence Committee last week released a memo suggesting that the FBI's request in the summer of 2016 for a warrent to surveil a Trump adviser relied on politically-tainted documents.

Trump and his allies have seized on the memo as proof that the entire probe into Russian influence - which has hung like a cloud over the White House - is the result of a partisan ploy.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING:

"I think it's terrible, you want to know the truth. I think it's a disgrace."

But Democrats, former federal prosecutors and ex-national security staffers have said the much-touted memo reveals little about the probe.

They say the memo, in fact, is a partisan attack of its own, an attempt to tar an impartial investigation for the president's political purposes.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. HOUSE MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI, SAYING:

"Look at what the Department of Justice has said. Look at what the FBI has said. This should not be released. It's dangerous. It's reckless, and it is a distortion."

Republicans on Monday week will debate whether to vote to release a Democratic rebuttal of last week's memo.

Gowdy, for his part, announced last week he was retiring from Congress, somewhat disillusioned.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. REPRESENTATIVE TREY GOWDY, SAYING:

"I don't think the end justified the means. I think the manner in which we get places matters. And it politics, too often, winning is the only thing that matters."





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(Source: YouTube, February 5, 2018 at 05:46AM)

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