President Donald Trump is “furious” at reports that an FBI informant spied on his 2016 presidential campaign, deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said Wednesday.
“In the second year of this investigation, this phony investigation, there has been no Russian collusion, no obstruction, no corruption,” said Gidley told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” co-host Sandra Smith.
“Everyone knows it at this point. Not a shred of evidence that exists and now we find out from reports that apparently someone was sent to infiltrate and spy inside the Trump campaign. Anybody should be deeply concerned about this.
“You even saw [James] Clapper make a comment yesterday on TV saying the president should be happy about the fact that someone was in his campaign doing this. The president said absolutely not happy.”
Rather, said Gidley, Americans need to know that Trump is “furious” about the spying news, because it marks an “incorrect, illegal treatment,” said Gidley.
“He would stand up and protect not only his campaign, but also the American people, against this behavior,” he added.
Republican lawmakers, along with FBI Director Christopher Wray and others will meet at the White House on Thursday to discuss the issue, “because they need to get to the bottom of this,” said Gidley.
“The president has instructed they do just that,” he said. “This is absolutely ridiculous at this point two years into a phony investigation with no evidence and now we’re finding out these reports about a potential spy in the campaign?
“The people of this country have a right to know about it. The president has demanded they release this information.”
No Democrats have been invited, he said, because they are not asking for information.
“It appears they don’t want to see light shed on this particular investigation,” said Gidley. “The president is right in that tweet. ‘Spygate, if it occurred, could be one of the biggest scandals in history.’ The Democrats know it and I don’t think they want to be near it when it comes to light.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has termed the meeting as being partisan, said Smith, but Gidley replied that he wasn’t invited because there is “not a shred of evidence” to prove Trump-Russian collusion, and because he has not asked for information about the spy accusations.
Gidley also doubled down Wednesday about Trump’s use of the word “animals” to describe members of the violent MS-13 gang.
“That’s what MS-13 gang members are, animals,” Gidley said. “What do you call somebody who comes into this country illegally, unlawfully, whose motto is rape, control, kill? It is not gumdrops, hugs and kisses.
“It is a violent, brutal gang that goes across this country terrorizing American citizens. Cutting off people’s heads. Tearing hearts out of people’s bodies. This behavior is animalistic.”
Democrats have come to the defense of the gang members, said Gidley, noting that liberals want them to be called “just people that are on the wrong side of the issue.”
Trump is heading to Long Island, New York, on Wednesday, where he will speak with local law enforcement and elected officials, said Gidley, and have an “honest discussion” with the American people about the people in the MS-13 gangs “that have come here and infiltrated this country by the thousands.”
“This president is demanding Congress close the loopholes in the immigration law to get these people out of this country and protect American citizens, and Democrats want no part of that,” said Gidley.
He also discussed the preparations for Trump’s upcoming planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying the meeting is still on the schedule.
“I wouldn’t say anything has changed,” Gidley said. “The president has been clear-eyed on this issue from day one. They asked for a meeting. The president was hopeful something would get done and he is still hopeful something gets done.”
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