Trey Gowdy on the Memo: Contents Do Not Discredit Mueller's Investigation

Marco Green
February 3, 2018

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. "Mr. McCabe said that the dossier was absolutely essential and but for the dossier, there would no FISA warrant to spy on Americans".

The memo says an unverified dossier was used as justification for obtaining high-level surveillance on Trump campaign aides and that without the dossier, funded by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign, warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act would not have been granted.

Despite backing the release of Nunes' memo, Gowdy also stated he remains confident in the integrity of the FBI, Justice Department and special counsel Robert Mueller, an important delineation few on either side of the debate made on Friday.

Gowdy's tweets came roughly an hour after the House Intelligence Committee memo was made public, despite concerns from senior Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials and Democrats on the intelligence panel.

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) said the newly released FISA memo reveals government surveillance abuses against the Trump campaign during the 2016 campaign and transition.

But Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials, as well as Democrats, have argued that it omits key information that would help put the memo in the proper context. Some Democrats have voiced concern about the impact the GOP memo could have on Mueller's probe, because it calls into question the origins of the Russian Federation investigation.

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