Rep Trey Gowdy (R-SC) speculates that Democrats may be “fearful” that the Trump dossier is “a piece of fiction,” which would undercut their entire witch hunt.
He believes that might be why Democrats are pushing back as forcefully as they are against the Republican effort to obtain answers from the DOJ and FBI regarding the dossier.
Gowdy told the Daily Caller that some of the objections of his colleagues would appear to be rooted in a fear that their phony investigation could come crashing down around them.
He said on Friday, “I don’t know why anyone – from Adam Schiff, to Vanity Fair, to Rachel Maddow – would not be curious whether or not the world’s premier law enforcement agency relied upon a dossier in connection with an investigation without vetting it.”
Gowdy added, “For the life of me I don’t understand why they are focused on this unless they are fearful that the bureau did rely on a piece of fiction.”
Gowdy was responding to the criticism by Democrats of a Republican effort to subpoena AG Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray for information about the dossier. We expected the obstruction to stop when Obama vacated the government. That hasn’t been the case.
Intel Committee Republicans issued a subpoena for Sessions and Wray Aug. 24, seeking information about how central the dossier is to the collusion investigation and how it was vetted.
Both Sessions and Wray failed to respond to the subpoena so it was extended until September 14th and expanded to include meetings with Sessions and Wray to have them explain their position that Congress has no right to the information.
Intel Committee Democrats, the Russia, Russia, Russia cheerleaders of Adam Schiff (D-CA), Jim Himes (D-CT), and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) have claimed that Republicans are taking a unilateral and unnecessary step to discredit the dossier, to which Gowdy responded, “I really don’t know what in the hell they’re talking about.”
Gowdy complained that the DOJ and FBI have ignored “months and months of requests” for information about the dossier. They have similarly ignored requests by the Senate Judiciary Committee, but which has not yet issued subpoenas of their own.
Gowdy noted, “The investigators on [the Intelligence Committee] have been trying for months to obtain documents about the dossier, but when you get no response, then you go from a polite request, to a firm request to a legal request,” says Gowdy.
“And if they still don’t comply with it, then we’re well within our rights — I’ve done it before — you bring in a witness and say ‘OK, you’re under oath, you need to explain to me why you don’t think you need to share this, what am I missing?’”
He said, “I don’t need to know how you got the information, just tell me how you either sought to corroborate it, how you vetted it. Did the FBI rely upon it? Did the DOJ rely upon it? If yes, to what extent, and how did you vet the sources and sub-sources in the document?”
Rep Gowdy pointed out, “Before you can rely on something, you need to know where it came from and how it was either corroborated or contradicted. It is relevant to ask whether or not a law enforcement agency relied on this dossier — or any evidence — without vetting it.”
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