Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said Tuesday that the FBI has acted appropriately given the evidence they were provided about Russian interference. He added that he believes President Donald Trump should grant special counsel Robert Mueller's request to answer questions.
Here's what Gowdy said
"I think there are two things important to understand," Gowdy explained.
"Number one," he said, "the source of President Trump's frustration. Brennan said he should be in the dustbin of history, Comey said impeachment is too good of a remedy, Clapper doesn't like him, Loretta Lynch said, 'call it a matter not an investigation.'"
"Schiff said he had evidence of collusion before we even began the investigation, and sixty Democrats have voted to impeach him before Bob Mueller has come up with a single solitary finding. That's what got him frustrated," he concluded.
'I want the FBI to find that out.'
"What should have him heartened is that [FBI Director] Chris Wray and [Deputy Attorney General] Rod Rosenstein and all the senior folks at DOJ now were all Trump appointees," Gowdy explained. "So here's what's fair to ask. What did the FBI do? When did they do it? What was the factual predicate upon which they took whatever actions they took and against whom were they directed."
"But remember Martha," he said, "it was President Trump himself who said, 'number one, I didn't collude with Russia, but if anyone connected with my campaign did, I want the FBI to find that out.' It looks to me like the FBI was doing what President Trump said I want you to do, find it out."
"He's not the target," Gowdy concluded, "so when Schiff and others don't make that clear, they're doing a disservice to our fellow citizens, he's not the target."
'Donald Trump was never the target'
MacCallum asked Gowdy why he thought the FBI hadn't briefed Trump early on about the investigation into his campaign.
"I think defensive briefings are done a lot and why the Comey FBI didn't do it, I don't know," Gowdy responded, "but Chris Wray and Rod Rosenstein have at least made it clear to us, Donald Trump was never the target of the investigation and he's not the current target of the investigation."
"Now, keep in mind, that could all change depending on what a witness says," he added, "but as of now, I think Chris Wray and Rod Rosenstein are stunned when ever people think Trump is the target of their investigation. I'll leave it up to them how to brief the president or how to brief his lawyers."
The FBI acted as citizens would want them to
"Was that point of view that you're talking about right now," MacCallum interrupted, "was that strengthened when you went into this briefing this last week?"
"Yes, I am even more convinced that the FBI 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," he answered.
Here's the video of Gowdy's interview on Fox News:
Gowdy went on to say that even Trump should be satisfied when he hears what the FBI has done. "He was never the target, Russia was the target," he said. Gowdy also said that Trump should sit down with Mueller and answer his questions.