Trey Gowdy Claims FBI Has Potentially ‘Game Changing’ Papadopoulos Transcripts

Former Republican South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy stated that he is aware of potentially game-changing evidence in the FBI’s Russia probe regarding George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign adviser.

During a on Fox News interview on “Sunday Morning Futures,” Trey Gowdy indicated that he has seen FBI transcripts related to Papadopoulos that contain potentially exculpatory information on the question of possible collusion between the President Trump’s campaign and Russia.

“If the bureau’s going to send in an informant in, the informant’s going to be wired, and if the bureau is monitoring telephone calls, there’s going to be a transcript of that,” Trey Gowdy told host Maria Bartiromo.

“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 in 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 has the potential to be a game-changer if it’s ever made public.” He continued.

The FBI officially opened its counterintelligence investigation of President Trump’s campaign on July 31, 2016, after receiving information from the Australian government regarding Papadopoulos.

One top Australian diplomat, Alexander Downer, claimed that Papadopoulos told him on May 10, 2016, that he heard Russia might release information on Hillary Clinton close to the campaign.

As part of the investigation, the FBI used a longtime informant, Stefan Halper, to make contact with Papadopoulos. He paid Papadopoulos $3,000 and flew him to London in September 2016 under the guise of writing an academic paper on Mediterranean energy security issues.

Former Cambridge professor Stefan Halper was accompanied by a woman he said was his assistant. But the woman, who appeared under the alias Azra Turk, was actually a government investigator. During meetings in London, Papadopoulos claimed Halper and Turk asked him if he was involved in Russian efforts to obtain Clinton emails. Papadopoulos said he denied having any knowledge of the matter.

One month after Papadopoulos’s trip, the FBI obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant against Carter Page, another Trump aide. The surveillance warrant also mentioned Papadopoulos. It’s unclear if the application for the warrant includes any information gathered by Halper, who also established contact with Page.

Trey Gowdy, who served on the House Intelligence Committee, stated that he and Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe have seen the potentially exculpatory documents. He hopes the public will one day get to review it.

“If you have exculpatory information and you don’t share it with the court, that ain’t good. I’ve seen it, Johnny [Ratcliffe] has seen it. I’d love for your viewers to see it,” he said.

Fox News contributor Trey Gowdy dropped another potential bombshell in a Fox News interview earlier in May. He said that while he was in office, he saw an FBI spreadsheet that listed news articles and information from longtime Clinton crony Sidney Blumenthal as corroborating information for the Steele dossier.

Trey Gowdy Has a Word of Advice For AG Barr’s New Prosecutor: ‘Look For Emails Between Brennan And Comey’

Monday night, former South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy offered up a tip for congressional investigators probing the Obama administration’s handling of the Trump-Russia investigation.

“So whoever’s investigating this, tell them to look for emails between Brennan and Comey in December 2016,” Trey Gowdy stated in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, referring to former CIA Director John Brennan and former FBI Director James Comey.

In the interview, the former South Carolina Rep. didn’t say whether he has knowledge of what is in any Brennan-Gowdy emails. But Trey Gowdy also suggested that the FBI deemed Christopher Steele, the author of the infamous anti-Trump dossier, as a less-than-credible source.

Former British spy Steele, served as a confidential human source for the FBI. He provided parts of his dossier to the FBI, which they then used to obtain surveillance warrants against Carter Page.

“I think you’ll be surprised at whether or not they viewed Steele as being credible,” said Trey Gowdy, who served on the House Intelligence Committee and is now a Fox News contributor.

Republicans have sought a slew of internal FBI documents related to Steele and the dossier. They’ve called on the President to declassify portions of the fourth and final surveillance warrant against Carter Page, as well as FBI interview notes with Bruce Ohr, the Justice Department official who served as Steele’s handler.

The FBI also prepared what is called a Human Source Validation Report for Steele back in November 2016, few weeks after the FBI obtained it’s first spy warrant against Carter Page.

The Justice Department’s inspector general is reportedly investigating how reliable of a source was Steele.

Trey Gowdy also told host Hannity that the FBI withheld exculpatory information in the FISA applications.

“I can tell you it is even worse than what you described. It is what you described, in addition to the withholding of exculpatory information,” he said. “They made no effort to corroborate the dossier until after it had been used in the application and a renewal. No effort. It’s not that they failed, it’s that they made no effort to do it.”

Trey Gowdy Blasts Eric Swalwell: ‘President Swalwell, That Ought To Scare The Living Hell Out Of You’

Once again, former congressman Trey Gowdy is expressing his dislike for 2020 Democratic contender Eric Swalwell, as he is taking a sharp blow at Swalwell’s continued claims that President Trump colluded with Russia.

Trey Gowdy, who previously slammed Eric Swalwell’s 2020 bid, telling viewers on MSNBC that Swalwell’s someone who “I’m sure none of your viewers are familiar with and they won’t be a year from now” — tore into the 2020 candidate’s constant calls against the President.

Eric Swalwell is convinced there was collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government in 2016, even after special counsel Mueller’s final report didn’t conclude collusion and Attorney General William Barr didn’t charge President Donald Trump with obstruction.

“I think he acts on Russia’s behalf, and I challenge him to show me otherwise,” Swalwell previously said during MSNBC’s interview on Wednesday.

Appearing on Fox News late Friday, Trey Gowdy slammed Eric Swalwell while noting the idea of “President Swalwell ought to scare the ever-living Hell out of you.”

“His last sentence is exactly the difference between a prosecutor and a politician,” Trey Gowdy said.

“Prosecutors prove that you did something, politicians make you prove you did not. Did you hear his last sentence? ‘I challenge President Trump to prove that he did not do something.’ That’s what politicians do.” he continued.

During the interview, Trey Gowdy also offered praise toward Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s handling of Robert Mueller’s final report.

Rosenstein slammed Obama’s administration on Friday for choosing “not to publicize the full story about Russian computer hackers and social media trolls, and how they relate to a broader strategy to undermine America.”

Ever-since the release of Mueller’s report, former President Barack Obama’s administration has come under fire for allegedly, “on his watch, the Russians meddled in our democracy while his administration did nothing about it.”

Trey Gowdy: Mueller’s Cowardly Report Should’ve Been Left Private Or Trump Should’ve Been Charged – Everything Else Is A Smear

Former South Carolina congressman Trey Gowdy claims that special counsel Mueller’s report should never have been released in public, and that Mueller should have just gone ahead and charged President Trump with obstruction of justice.

While the latter belief may sound like the congressman throwing President Trump under the bus, it’s not. Keep reading and you’ll understand why. And remember, Trey Gowdy is a former federal prosecutor, so he is able to understand what is happening in a way the average person can’t.

“I was in a really small universe of people that did not think this report should be made public,” Gowdy initially revealed during a discussion Friday on Fox News’ “Your World with Neil Cavuto.”

“I didn’t think it was going to change anybody’s mind and I didn’t think it was going to resolve anything. And for once in my life, I was right. It’s resolved nothing.”

“You’re going to have two more years of investigations. They’re not going to go forward with impeachment because that’s dicey, but they are going to go forward with investigations on four or five different House committees, and the verdict will be rendered in November of 2020.”

The reason the Mueller’s report release hasn’t resolved anything is because the special counsel refused to exonerate the President on obstruction of justice. Instead, he left the issue open.

“If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state,” Mueller had written. “Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment.”

Gowdy wasn’t pleased by this.

“What I would say with respect to Mueller is if you have enough on obstruction, then charge him. And then let a jury of 12 decide whether or not your evidence carries the burden of persuasion. But what we have now is a hung jury,” he complained to host Cavuto.

His argument was that Mueller should have issued charges against President Trump for obstruction of justice. Why? Because that would have at least allowed Trump the opportunity to challenge the allegations against him in a court of law.

Instead, the special counsel left the issue open via a report loaded with “a bunch of insinuations and interpretations,” as one commentator put it, that are now being used by congressional Democrats and their media allies to smear Trump as a corrupt politician.

“This is unbecoming behavior for a prosecutor and an outrageous shifting of the burden of proof: The constitutional right of every American to force the government to prove a crime has been committed, rather than to have to prove his or her own innocence,” renowned former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy claimed in an op-ed for the New York Post this week.

“If special counsel Mueller believed there was an obstruction offense, he should have had the courage of his convictions and recommended charging the president. Since he wasn’t convinced there was enough evidence to charge, he should have said he wasn’t recommending charges. Period. Anything else was — and is — a smear. Worse than that, it flouts the Constitution.”

This was exactly Trey Gowdy’s point.

“[T]here’s no resolution, half the country is going to think the President obstructed justice, the other half’s going to think he didn’t,” Gowdy continued.

“There’s no resolution. So why issue the report?” he added, returning to his original point. “You don’t do it in any other — the President is not above the law but he ain’t below the law either. Find me another American other than what Jim Comey did to Hillary Clinton that has had an oppo research paper investigated by the Department of Justice, no charges and then disseminated?”

By “oppo research paper,” he meant Mueller’s report, which contains a litany of embarrassing discoveries about Trump and his top White House officials. For instance, the report reveals that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders once issued a slightly exaggerated claim. This claim has since been used to smear her as a liar who deserves to be fired.

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The best outcome would’ve been for Mueller to issue a definitive conclusion on both collusion and obstruction, and for his report to disappear into the dustbins of history without ever being seen by anybody but the attorney general, Gowdy essentially maintained Friday.

Trey Gowdy Sums Up Why CIA May Stop Giving Adam Schiff Information: He Leaks ‘Like A Screen-Door On A Submarine’

This Sunday, Former Republican South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy made a prediction that the U.S. intelligence community might stop providing information to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff because he leaks “like a screen door on a submarine.”

Rep. Trey Gowdy was asked to weigh in on Republicans’ decision Thursday to call on Schiff to step down as chairman of the House panel.

“Never seen that before,” said Gowdy, who served on the intelligence panel until January before leaving Congress. “We never voted to remove or ask a chairperson to step down.”

“Adam is a deeply partisan person. He did everything he could to make sure Hillary Clinton became president. And he’s done everything he could to keep a cloud over the Trump presidency,” Gowdy said of Schiff.

Gowdy suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could potentially act to remove Schiff as chairman of the committee. He also stated that the CIA and other intelligence community agencies could withhold intelligence from him.

“The next thing that’s going to happen is the … different intelligence entities are going to say, ‘You know what, Chairman Schiff, if you don’t believe the information we provide to you … if you have the president of the United States, not just indicted but in jail and you continue to leak like a screen door on a submarine, we’re going to quit giving you information,’” said Gowdy.

“That’s when Pelosi will replace Adam Schiff with someone like [Connecticut Rep.] Jim Himes, who is someone who is a smarter and a lot more reasonable.”

Adam Schiff was a prominent voice among Democrats accusing the President and his administration of colluding with Russians to influence the 2016 election. Back in May 2017, he said he had seen “more than circumstantial evidence” of collusion.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s evidence appear to be different. In a report delivered to the Justice Department on March 22, he stated that prosecutors “did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”

Schiff has long been accused of leaking information to the media regarding the Russia probe.

Donald Trump Jr. has accused Schiff of leaking an inaccurate story about him back in December 2017. During Trump Jr.’s private testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, CNN broke a story that he had received an email in September 4, 2016, that included a link to WikiLeaks materials.

The story suggested that Trump Jr. received WikiLeaks documents before they were released to the public. But CNN’s sources turned out to be very wrong. The email was actually dated September 14, 2016, a day after the information was published.

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