Gowdy on Memo: Russia Probe Valid With or Without It

Sen. Dick Durbin, meanwhile, says memo could 'precipitate a constitutional crisis'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2018 11:00 AM CST

(Newser) The memo released Friday by the House Intelligence Committee that alleges FBI and DOJ overreach has dominated the news cycle this week, and Sunday morning's news shows kept it top of mind, per the Hill. Some takes from both sides of the aisle:

  • GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy, who revealed this week he won't run for re-election, showed up on CBS' Face the Nation to stress that the memo doesn't undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. "Not to me, it doesn't, and I was pretty integrally involved in the drafting of it," Gowdy said, per CBS News, which notes Gowdy is the only Republican on the HIC who's actually read the FISA warrant applications the memo cites. "I'm actually in a really small group … of Republicans that think that this FISA process is suspect and wrong and should not have taken place. But you still have a Russia investigation even without it." He added he doesn't think Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein should be fired based on what was said in the memo and that "I am on record as saying I support Bob Mueller 100%." He also commented on his own departure from Congress: "My wife hates it when I say this, but I was a pretty good prosecutor, I think. But I've been a pretty lousy politician."
Read on for more from Dick Durbin and Reince Priebus.

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