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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech 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. 


Sanders was responding to Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Conway spars with Wallace on whether White House will cooperate with impeachment inquiry after formal vote Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' 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 McCabeMcCabe: Being accused of treason by Trump 'quite honestly terrifying' Horowitz report is damning for the FBI and unsettling for the rest of us Fox's Chris Wallace: IG report headline is 'It didn't find the things that Bill Barr and Donald Trump alleged' 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 ClintonTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Trump supporters at Pa. rally 'upset' after Democrats introduce impeachment articles Hillary Clinton documentary to premiere at Sundance MORE email probe, and not the Russia investigation. 

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