‘I’ve seen it, and I’d love for your viewers to see it….’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Former Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said that while he was House Intelligence Committee chairman, he discovered unreleased conversations between FBI informants and former Trump campaign associate George Papadopoulos that have “the potential to be a game changer.”
Gowdy told Maria Bartiromo on Fox News the FBI must answer several questions about its questionable investigation into the now-debunked Russia-Gate hoax.
FBI agents began surveilling Papadopoulos for his role in the alleged collusion between Trump and Russia.
Critics of the investigation, however, have argued that their oversight was based on faulty evidence and that key facts about the origins of the investigation have been withheld.
The FBI keeps transcripts of its conversations, and one in particular could reveal a lot about the agency’s involvement in the investigation, Gowdy said.
“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 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,” he said.
Gowdy agreed with Bartiromo’s suggestion that the FBI has deliberately concealed details about Papadopoulos from the FISA court.
“…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, and I’d love for your viewers to see it.”
Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, has echoed similar concerns and called for the declassification of all relevant information.
“The underlying pretext to the entire Trump-Russia investigation, is this idea that George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign associate, had a conversation with an Australian diplomat about getting Hillary Clinton’s e-mails from the Russians,” Ratcliffe said on Fox News in October. “Hypothetically, if the Department of Justice and the FBI has another piece of evidence that directly refutes, that directly contradicts that, what you would expect is for the Department of Justice to present both sides of the coin to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to evaluate the weight and sufficiency of that evidence.
“But that’s not what happened,” Ratcliffe continued. “Instead, what happened here was, Department of Justice and FBI officials in the Obama administration in October of 2016 only presented to the court the evidence that made the government’s case to get a warrant to spy on a Trump campaign associate. Declassification would corroborate what I just related to you,” Ratcliffe claimed.