Published: Mon, July 23, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trey Gowdy says Russian meddling clear, Donald Trump must 'act like it'

Trey Gowdy says Russian meddling clear, Donald Trump must 'act like it'

"The president has access to every bit of evidence", Mr. Gowdy, South Republican, told Fox News Sunday.

What's not being covered is what was said between Presidents Trump and Putin.

The intelligence chief was speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado on Thursday when news of a possible second Trump-Putin summit later this year broke.

"The president either needs to rely on the people that he has chosen to advise him, or those advisers need to re-evaluate whether or not they can serve in this administration", Gowdy said on Fox News Sunday, referring to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley.

Then following surprised laughter, Mr Coats said: "Okay, that's going to be special". That's because nobody knows what happened during the private two-hour meeting.

The White House, which has not commented on the statement, was reportedly furious about Mr Coat's initial remarks, with one senior official telling the Washington Post, "Coats has gone rogue".

Gowdy, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has previously backed the USA intelligence community's findings on Russian Federation and actions taken by the FBI in its investigations of the matter.

"I and the entire intel [ligence] community are committed to providing the best possible intelligence to inform and support President Trump's ongoing efforts to prevent Russian meddling in our upcoming elections, to build strong relationships internationally in order to maintain peace, denuclearize risky regimes and protect our nation and our allies", Mr Coats added in his statement.

While the White House has said Mr. Trump could sit down with Putin once again this fall, Graham cautioned the president, saying that there needs to be a new set of strict sanctions imposed on Russian Federation before any meeting.

There was no indication that Coats or his staff had been aware of what was coming.

While Spicer is correct that most Republican voters across the country approve of Trumps handling of the summit in Finland with Putin, recent polling shows that half of Americans do not.

Earlier in the week, Coats had also seemed to distance himself from the White House when he issued a statement reaffirming the intelligence agencies' unanimous conclusion that Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 election and that one of Putin's goals was to help Trump's campaign.

In Aspen, Coats defended his decision to reaffirm the intelligence agencies' findings.

In this week's fact-checking video, CNN's Jake Tapper reviews a statement that President Donald Trump made about the FBI investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

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