Trey Gowdy Reveals Key Fact About Russia Investigation That Could Be A "Game Changer"
Former Representative and House Judiciary Committee Member Trey Gowdy went on record during an interview with Fox News to say that there are some unreleased transcripts of conversations that were recorded between George Papadopoulos and FBI informants.
George Papadopoulos was a campaign associate for President Trump.
According to The Blaze,
Now that Robert Mueller has concluded his investigation, Attorney General William Barr has indicated that he will investigate whether government officials "put their thumb on the scale" during the Russia investigation, particularly in its early stages.
Gowdy teased that perhaps there was wrongdoing because government officials withheld the transcripts, which he characterized as exculpatory evidence, when applying for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants against Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
Gowdy said, "If the bureau is going to send an informant in, the informant is going to be wired. And if the bureau is monitoring telephone calls, there's going to be a transcript of that. And some of us have been fortunate enough to know whether or not those transcripts exist, but they haven't been made public. And I think one, in particular, is going — it has the potential to actually persuade people. Very little on this Russia probe, I'm afraid, is going to persuade people who hate Trump or who love Trump. But there is some information in these transcripts that I think has the potential to be a game-changer if it's ever made public."
Watch the video with Gowdy below:
The Washington Examiner reports,
Gowdy agreed with Bartiromo's suggestion that the FBI had concealed relevant details about Papadopoulos from the FISA court, echoing the concerns that Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, has been expressing for months. “Yeah, John Ratcliffe is rightfully exercised over the obligations the government has to tell the whole truth to a court when you are speaking permission to spy or do surveillance on an American,” Gowdy said. “And part of that includes the responsibility of providing exculpatory information or information that tends to show the person did not do something wrong.”
“If you have exculpatory information and you don't share it with the court, that ain't good.” Gowdy added. “I’ve seen it, Johnny has seen it, I'd love for your viewers to see it.”
The Justice Department’s presentations to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court have been roundly criticized by Republicans, especially the FBI’s reliance on the dossier compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele, who was being paid by the Clinton campaign and the DNC through Fusion GPS via the Perkins Coie law firm. Republicans say the FBI did not verify the dossier before using it and that the bureau hid key facts from the court, while Democrats have defended the FBI’s actions.
In October 2018, Ratcliffe said he had seen all of these documents and calling for Trump to declassify them. “I can tell you, as a former federal prosecutor, my opinion is that declassifying them wouldn't expose any national security information, wouldn't expose any sources and methods,” Ratcliffe said. “It would expose certain folks at the Obama Justice Department and FBI and their actions and their actions taken to conceal material facts from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.”
Now that Barr has a strong hand in the matter, let's hope these transcripts will become public very soon.