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Trey Gowdy: FBI Withheld 'Potential Game-Changer' Evidence During Russia Probe

Former congressman says he's seen evidence that was hidden from FISA court

 on 20th May 2019 @ 3.00pm
trey gowdy says the fbi withheld  game changer  evidence from the fisa court during the russia probe © press
Trey Gowdy says the FBI withheld 'game-changer' evidence from the FISA court during the Russia probe

Former congressman Trey Gowdy dropped a bombshell during a Sunday night interview by declaring that the FBI withheld "potential game-changer" evidence from the FISA court during the early stages of the Russia probe.

The retired South Carolina Republican, who chaired the House Intelligence Committee before leaving Congress last year, revealed he's "seen" the evidence and called for the information to be made public.

Speaking to Fox News, Mr. Gowdy said that there are unreleased transcripts between former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos and an FBI informant.

Gowdy says details within these documents have the "potential to be a game-changer."

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attorney general william barr is investigating the origins of the russia probe  including the fisa application © press
Attorney General William Barr is investigating the origins of the Russia Probe, including the FISA application

According to The Blaze, now that Robert Mueller has concluded his investigation, Attorney General William Barr has indicated that he will investigate whether government officials "put their thumb on the scale" during the Russia investigation, particularly in its early stages.

Gowdy teased that perhaps there was wrongdoing because government officials withheld the transcripts, which he characterized as exculpatory evidence when applying for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants against Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

"If the bureau is going to send an informant in, the informant is going to be wired," Gowdy said.

"And if the bureau is monitoring telephone calls, there's going to be a transcript of that.

"And some of us have been fortunate enough to know whether or not those transcripts exist, but they haven't been made public," he continued.

"And I think one, in particular, is going — it has the potential to actually persuade people."

"Very little on this Russia probe, I'm afraid, is going to persuade people who hate Trump or who love Trump," Gowdy went on to say.

"But there is some information in these transcripts that I think has the potential to be a game-changer if it's ever made public."

trey gowdy backed calls by republican rep  john ratcliffe to make the transcripts public © press
Trey Gowdy backed calls by Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe to make the transcripts public

The former South Carolina lawmaker went on to echo Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), who has called for the public release of the evidence.

"You know, Johnny Ratcliffe is rightfully exercised over the obligations that the government has to tell the whole truth to a court when you are seeking permission to spy or do surveillance on an American," Gowdy said.

"And part of that includes the responsibility of providing exculpatory information or information that tends to show the person didn't do something wrong.

"If you have exculpatory information, and you don't share it with the court, that ain't good," he explained.

"I have seen it. Johnny has seen it. I would love for your viewers to see it."

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