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>> US President Donald Trump's reaction to the release of a controversial memo is clear. The memo totally vindicates Trump in probe. Bu that's far from clear to even members of his own political party.>> I actually don't think it has any impact on the Russia probe for this reason.
>> The memo has no impact on the Russia probe?>> Not to me, it doesn't, and I was pretty integrally involved in the drafting of it.>> US Republican Representative Trey Gowdy sits on the House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee. And on Sunday, he told CBS News that he believes Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged ties between Trump and Russia should continue.
>> I don't know how many other Republicans feel that way. I am on record as saying I support Bob Mueller 100%.>> The controversy bubbling up after Republicans in the House Intelligence Committee last week released a memo suggesting that the FBI's request in the summer of 2016 for a warrant to surveil a Trump advisor relied on politically tainted documents.
Trump and his allies have seized on the memo as proof that the entire probe into Russian influence, which has hung like a cloud over the White House, is the result of a partisan ploy.>> I think it's terrible. You wanna know the truth. I think it's a disgrace.
>> But Democrats, formal federal prosecutors, and ex-national security staffers have said the much-touted memo reveals little about the probe. They say the memo, in fact, is a partisan attack of its own, an attempt to tar an impartial investigation for the president's own political purposes.>> Look at what the Department of Justice has said.
Look at what the FBI has said. This should not be released. It's dangerous, it's reckless. And it is a distortion.>> Republicans on Monday will debate whether to vote to release a Democratic rebuttal of last week's memo. Gowdy, for his part, announced last week he was retiring from Congress somewhat disillusioned.
I don't think the end justifies the means. I think the manner in which we get places matters. And in politics, too often, winning is the only thing that matters.