As the debate over releasing the “Nunes memo” continues to rage, Representative Trey Gowdy revealed some shocking details over the weekend. Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” the congressman from South Carolina provided some tantalizing tidbits about what’s in the controversial document.
Lawmakers have been reluctant to publicly discuss the contents of the classified, four-page memo alleging that the FBI and Justice Department abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Lawmakers who have seen the memo allege that it provides evidence that the Obama administration used the “Steele dossier” to obtain a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign.
“If you think your viewers want to know whether or not the dossier was used in court proceedings, whether or not it was vetted before it was used, whether or not it’s ever been vetted — if you are interested in who paid for the dossier, if you are interested in Christopher Steele’s relationship with Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, then, yes, you will want the memo to come out,” Gowdy told Wallace on Sunday.
“Do you want to know that the Democratic National Committee paid for material that was never vetted, that was included in a court proceeding? Do you want to know whether or not the primary source in these court proceedings had a bias against one candidate? Do you want to know whether or not he said he’d do anything to keep that candidate from becoming president,” Gowdy asked.
Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the dossier, had been hired by Fusion GPS to conduct opposition research on the Trump campaign. Their fee was reportedly $1 million and was paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Republicans in Congress have sought to learn how heavily the FBI relied on the dossier for the FISA warrant and also for the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.
In a Senate hearing last June, former FBI Director James Comey shocked the country when he admitted the dossier was “salacious and unverified.”
In the interview on Sunday, Representative Gowdy said that he suggested the DOJ and FBI be allowed to view the memo prior to its release.
“There’s nothing in this memo the Department is not already aware of,” Gowdy said.
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