President Donald Trump asking to be cleared at the beginning of the investigation into alleged ties with Russia is "probably not appropriate," according to Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.
"At the end of an investigation, if someone has done nothing wrong, it's not inappropriate to ask the district attorney or someone else to say, 'Hey, since you had me under a cloud, do you mind telling people I'm not under a cloud anymore?'" Gowdy said Thursday on CNN's "New Day."
"That's probably not appropriate to do on the front-end of an investigation, because I don't think anyone would be able to answer that question fully."
The congressman was referring to a Thursday CNN report that two intelligence officials reported to investigators Trump suggested they publicly say there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia.
Gowdy also said he told special counsel Robert Mueller he would not get involved in the probe.
"I promised Bob Mueller Tuesday night that I was not going to do anything wittingly or unwittingly that interfered with his probe," Gowdy added. "That used to be what I do for a living. I'm very sensitive to staying out of his lane."
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