Oversight's Gowdy Backs Raid on President's Private Attorney

House Speaker Paul Ryan is not seeking re-election and will retire from Congress after this year the Wisconsin Republican announced Wednesday

"I don't think it's likely to happen", said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Gowdy then dismissed the notion Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should be fired for his handling of the special counsel, even if Rosenstein warrants some "criticism".

House Oversight Committee Chair Trey Gowdy (R-SC) on Sunday defended special counsel Robert Mueller from attacks by President Donald Trump following the Monday raids of Trump's lawyer's home, hotel and office. Rosenstein appointed Mueller and oversees Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign.

The source's comments to BuzzFeed News came shortly after leading Republican lawmakers publicly urged Trump not to fire Rosenstein or Mueller.


"Let's start with the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on the home, the hotel, and the offices of president Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen which raises obvious questions about possible violation of attorney/client privilege", Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC). "If he's upset with Rod Rosenstein because Rod Rosenstein is not producing documents to Congress - that's a legitimate thing to be upset about". "He doesn't have to run his hiring and firing decisions by us", Gowdy told Chris Wallace.

Mueller will not indict Trump for obstruction of justice or for any other crime.

When asked if Mueller needed protection with legislation during an interview This Week on ABC, Senator Collins said it would send a "message to the White House" and that Congress wants to see the investigation through.

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