Former South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Monday that he has some advice for the Congress members who are still working to investigate the Obama administration’s dealings with the Trump-Russia investigation:
“So whoever’s investigating this, tell them to look for emails between Brennan and Comey in December 2016,” Gowdy said according to The Daily Caller in an interview with Hannity, referring to former CIA Director John Brennan and former FBI Director James Comey.
Gowdy did not specify whether he had direct knowledge of the contents of any Brennan-Gowdy emails, however, he did suggest that the FBI had already deemed Christopher Steele, the author of the infamous anti-Trump dossier, as a less-than-credible source.
“Steele, a former British spy, served as a confidential human source for the FBI. He provided the FBI with parts of his dossier, which the FBI then used to obtain surveillance warrants against Carter Page,” The Daily Caller reported.
“I think you’ll be surprised at whether or not they viewed Steele as being credible,” said Gowdy, who served on the House Intelligence Committee and is now a Fox News contributor.
Republicans have been in search of internal FBI documents that relate to the now infamous Steele Dosier, in hopes of finding motive for the spying that took place prior to the 2016 presidential election. However, while they’ve called on President Donald Trump to declassify parts of the warrant against Page, their petitions have yet to be answered.
“The FBI also prepared what’s called a Human Source Validation Report for Steele in November 2016, weeks after the FBI obtained its first spy warrant against Page,” the Daily Caller reported.
“The Justice Department’s inspector general is reportedly investigating whether Steele was a reliable source.”
Gowdy went on to tell the Fox News host that he believes the FBI withheld information in their warrant applications, which would be cause for concern.
“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,” Gowdy 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.”