White House: 'Still cause for concern' about FBI despite Gowdy claims

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani says he is unaware of reported federal investigation Louisiana's Democratic governor forced into runoff Lawmakers focus their ire on NBA, not China MORE’s mind hasn’t been changed by a top Republican’s assessment the FBI acted appropriately in using a confidential source in the Russia probe, the White House said Wednesday.  

“Clearly, there’s still cause for concern that still needs to be looked at,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. 

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Sanders was responding to Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyThe Hill's Morning Report — Arrest of Giuliani associates triggers many questions Trump says Gowdy can't join his legal team 'for a couple months' Trump grants posthumous pardon to Manhattan Project contributor MORE’s (R-S.C.) comments that “the FBI did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do” by having a confidential source speak with Trump campaign associates who were suspected of having contacts with Russians during the 2016 election.  

His statements rebutted the president’s unsubstantiated claim that the Obama administration embedded a spy in the Trump campaign in order to boost Democrats.

Gowdy spoke after receiving a briefing from top Justice Department and intelligence officials about the matter. 

In order to justify Trump’s belief the FBI acted improperly, Sanders cited the dismissal of the bureau’s deputy director, Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeBrendan Gleeson lands Trump role in CBS miniseries based on Comey memoir Judge tells DOJ to charge McCabe or drop investigation McCabe says he would 'absolutely not' cut a deal with prosecutors MORE

McCabe was forced out of the agency in part over a watchdog report blaming him for a media leak about the Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRonan Farrow exposes how the media protect the powerful Kamala Harris to Trump Jr.: 'You wouldn't know a joke if one raised you' Comey says he has a 'fantasy' about deleting his Twitter account after end of Trump term MORE email probe, and not the Russia investigation. 

"Certainly, the president has concerns about the overall conduct of the FBI," Sanders said.