President Donald Trump's Twitter attacks on Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe are a function of Americans' "right to know" about potential partisanship in the nation's top law enforcement agency, White House director of legislative affairs Marc Short said Sunday.
"I think the president believes the American people have a right to know as to what happened with [the Hillary Clinton email] investigation," Short told host Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday."
"Terry McAuliffe, the governor of Virginia, is perhaps the Clintons' closest political friend. He gave a $700,000 contribution to McCabe's wife when she was running for office. At the same time, they were launching an investigation into Hillary Clinton. The American people have a right to know that."
"He's making the point we need to make sure there's no bias – I think there's serious concerns on whether there was or was not during the Hillary Clinton [investigation]," Short added about President Trump's exposing potential political connections within the FBI's highest ranks.
Short stressed these attacks on McCabe's potential partisanship need to be "separate" from the FBI special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and potential Trump campaign involvement.
"The White House is cooperating in every single way in that investigation, and after millions and millions of dollars, no collusion has been proven," Short told host Chris Wallace.
"So the president is saying we need to know our civil servants are doing the honorable thing, and it's important the American people know what happened in that [Clinton] investigation."
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