Gowdy: FISA warrant would not have been authorized without dossier

Committee Chair Rep. Devin Nunes leaves the House floor on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C

He also told Brennan that the public will not ever know if the Federal Bureau of Investigation had justification to have surveillance on Carter Page.

"It is important for the American public to know if the dossier was paid for by another candidate, used in court pleadings, vetted before it was used, vetted after it was used, and whether all relevant facts were shared with the tribunal approving of the FISA application", the South Carolina Republican tweeted.

However, as the memo states, that Steele did admit that "he met with Yahoo News-and several other outlets-in September 2016 at the direction of Fusion GPS".

Gowdy, who played a role in drafting the memo that Trump authorized for release on Friday, added that its claims about the dossier do not diminish the allegations against Trump and his campaign staff.

REP. GOWDY: No. It would not have been.

"How can you say that?" Because it was authorized four times by separate judges.

The dossier has "nothing to do" with the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting involving Donald Trump Jr., Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, and a Russian lawyer, Gowdy noted.

Gowdy went on to express his support for Mueller, whose investigation he said is independent.

Pressed as to whether he thinks Rosenstein should be fired, based on the information he has seen in compiling the memo, Gowdy said no. Three of us: Bob Goodlatte, the chairman of the Judiciary; Johnny Ratcliffe, who's a former terrorism prosecutor and USA attorney in Texas, and me.

"I've had my differences with Rod Rosenstein and I still think that he is fully capable of helping run a Justice Department that we can all have confidence in", Gowdy said. So, we have all three of those things in common, including being concerned about what-what happened in 2016.

President Donald Trump authorized the release of the memo from the House Intelligence Committee on Friday, and has since claimed it "totally vindicates" him in the ongoing investigation around allegations of possible coordination between his associates and Russian Federation to influence the 2016 election.

Congressman Trey Gowdy dismantled a talking point circulated on social media Friday by those seeking to downplay the implications of the just-released House Intelligence Committee memo.

Page had not been indicted in the Russian Federation probe and has denied any wrongdoing.

"I'm sure the president is frustrated", Gowdy said.

The Russia investigation in the Senate is ongoing, and Warner said it's key to defending against future threats of cyberwarfare. The dossier has nothing to with the email sent to Cambridge Analytica. The dossier really has nothing to do with George Papadopoulos' meeting in Great Britain.

Gowdy's comments came two days after the release of a memo that he wrote along with House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R., Calif.) and two investigators that alleged Department of Justice abuses in its surveillance of Page.

He added there are still many unanswered questions, including what Mueller and senior Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials knew about the dossier and when they were aware that it was used as the fundamental basis for the Trump-Russia collusion narrative.



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