Since Trump’s election Democrats have sought to undermine the administration with accusations of foreign interference.
The phony Russia-Trump narrative was briefly bolstered by an initial intelligence assessment approved by four of America’s 17 intelligence agencies.
But now Trey Gowdy is pursuing a path that may expose the truth and undermine the foundation for the Democrats’ claim.
During the campaign, a former MI6 agent based in London produced a report for an opposition research firm known as Fusion GPS.
The report sought to “investigate” Trump’s relations and business transactions in Russia.
Gowdy told the Daily Caller he believes Democrats fear the Trump “dossier” is “a piece of fiction.”
And he is now part of a GOP-led effort to find out if the FBI used it as the basis for its investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.
The Daily Caller reports:
[House Intelligence] 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.
“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?’”
“Did the FBI rely upon it? Did the DOJ rely upon it?” he asks. “If yes, to what extent, and how did you vet the sources and sub-sources in the document?”
“Before you can rely on something, you need to know where it came from and how it was either corroborated or contradicted,” says Gowdy, adding that, “it is relevant to ask whether or not a law enforcement agency relied on this dossier — or any evidence — without vetting it.”
The contents of the dossier have widely been discredited.
If the FBI and DOJ did indeed rely heavily on the content for their initial intelligence assessment, then it could prove the very basis of the Democrats’ accusation is fictional.
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