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Secret Trump/Russia investigation defended by ex-FBI agent now serving as a GOP House member: ‘These are not opened on a whim’

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Appearing on CNN’s New Day, a former FBI agent now serving as a Republican member of the House defended the decision of the FBI to open an investigation into Donald Trump after he fired former Director James Comey.

Speaking with CNN host Victor Blackwell, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) had no problem with the report that FBI higher-ups became concerned with Trump’s motivations after he abruptly dismissed Comey, saying opening an investigation into the president was not taken lightly.

“Two things you want to look for there,” Fitzpatrick explained. “I haven’t seen the New York Times story yet. But there are assessments and preliminary inquiries, which have limited scope and full field investigations. That’s the first thing. The second thing is, any time an investigation is opened on an elected official, member of the media, member of the clergy, they are put in a sort of a separate category called SINS, sensitive investigations that require the highest level of approval.”

“In this case, it would have been, in all likelihood, the deputy director at the time, Andy McCabe and requires coordination with the DOJ and the deputy attorney general, at which point it would have been Rod Rosenstein,” he continued. “So it sort of raises more questions.”

He later defended the decision to go forward with the investigation saying, “These are not opened on a whim.”

Fitzpatrick went on to express his support for special counsel Robert Mueller under whom he worked when they were both serving in the FBI.

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“I think one of the reasons all members of Congress should be supporting the Mueller investigation — he was my former boss at the FBI — he’s going to do a very thorough job, no doubt,” he stated.

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Trump just gave Don McGahn a reason to testify to Congress — ‘’and it won’t be good for the president’: CNN analyst

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During a panel discussion on Donald Trump's latest attacks on former White House counsel Don McGahn -- accusing him of lying to special counsel Robert Mueller to make himself look good -- a CNN analyst suggested the president may come to regret his comments.

Speaking with CNN fill-in host Alex Marquardt, every member of the panel said there was no way that McGahn would lie while under oath when he spoke with Justice Department officials.

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During a panel discussion on White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders' plan to depart her job working for President Donald Trump, CNN host Kate Bolduan scoffed at the idea that the president will employ anyone who doesn't lie like he does.

Speaking with CNN media analyst Brian Stelter, Bolduan asked about Sanders contentious tenure and her abrasive nature with the press.

"Essentially the post hasn't been filled in the traditional sense for a long time," Stelter explained. "95 days without a traditional briefing. Clearly, he's going to appoint somebody. The white house communications director role hasn't been filled in the way it traditionally is."

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Ex-White House aide snaps at CNN’s Camerota after she calls out Sarah Sander’s lies

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In a frequently contentious interview with CNN's Alisyn Camerota, former White House Communications director Anthony Scaramucci snapped at the CNN host when she pointed out exiting White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders' history of lying and attacking the press.

Asked about the timing of Sanders' departure, Scaramucci said the spokesperson had done her time -- one year serving on then-candidate Donald Trump's campaign and two years in the White House.

"She did a great job," Scaramucci attempted. "I know people have mixed views of her in places like this but I love her and think she did a great job and she is as an honest broker."

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