Memo Co-Author Trey Gowdy Says It "Won't Have Any Impact" On Mueller's Russia Probe

Accusations that the firing of Special Counsel Bob Mueller would provoke a "constitutional crisis" have percolated since the release of the long-anticipated "FISA memo" two days ago, as at least one House Republican has said he will push for a probe into "abuses" and possible"treason" by several senior DOJ officials.

But increasingly, some of the White House's most steadfast political allies have played down the memo's impact, with Chief of Staff John Kelly saying he thought House Intel Committee Chairman Devin Nunes' claims were overblown. And now, South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy - who has presumably been freed to speak his mind after announcing his retirement from Congress - is saying he doesn't expect the memo to impact the Mueller probe. 

Gowdy, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, was asked about Trump's claim that the memo "totally vindicates" him in the Russia probe. As Trump's political allies so often must do, Gowdy tried to sanitize the leader of his party's comments by saying Trump was probably just "frustrated" by House Intel Committee ranking member Adam Schiff "prejudging" the investigation.

"I'm sure the president is frustrated. You know, Adam Schiff prejudged the investigation before we interviewed the first witness," Gowdy, a former prosecutor, said during the interview.

"So I'm sure that that instructs some of what he said. I actually don't think it is has any impact on the Russia probe for this reason."

Asked to clarify whether he believes the memo will have an impact on the Russia probe, Gowdy probably surprised his interviewer when he answered "not to me it doesn't".

As Gowdy explains, the "Trump dossier" has nothing to do with Don Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower, it doesn't apply to a certain email sent by Cambridge Analytica to Wikileaks, and it has nothing to do with George Papadopoulos.

"There is a Russia investigation without a dossier… the dossier has nothing to do with the meeting at Trump Tower. The dossier has nothing to do with an email sent by Cambridge Analytica. The dossier really has nothing to do with George Papadopoulos' meeting in Great Britain. It also doesn't have anything to do with obstruction of justice...so there's going to be a Russia probe even without the dossier."

The memo accuses senior Justice Department officials of improperly using information from the dossier to obtain FISA Court surveillance warrants on Carter Page, a member of the Trump transition team and former Trump adviser. Democrats and the FBI has blasted the memo as misleading, and Democratic leaders have demanded that Nunes step down as head of the Intel Committee, while preparing to release their own memo...

Watch the full Gowdy interview below

 

 

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In a tweet following the interview, Daily Caller reporter Chuck Ross pointed out two tidbits of news that Gowdy let slip: First, that the Steele Dossier was politically motivated was mentioned in a footnote of the original Fisa application. Second, he has never personally met President Trump...

 

 

Comments

Sages wife Sun, 02/04/2018 - 12:00 Permalink

The Russia probe. 15 glorious months after the election, not one shred of evidence proffered, and the public just can't get enough of it. This is the new public servant; confuse and delude the masses. It's easy, and they seem to like it. What might the exceptional country's leadership have otherwise accomplished? Shameful and embarrassing.

zorba THE GREEK Beam Me Up Scotty Sun, 02/04/2018 - 12:07 Permalink

I guess Trey has a fear of nailguns. It's not looking good for Trump and America right now. And you know that AG Sessions isn't going to push forward with any real investigation. The traitors are going to get away with it because the corruption cancer to too deep. Well, at least we won't have to bother voting anymore. After this, elections won't be necessary. The beast has won and the only way to defeat him is with righteous rage and revolution, and that ain't gonna happen. We conservatives are pussies now. Even gays and trannies take to the streets and protest. We are "the silent majority" In ancient Greece, that's how they referred to the dead.

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eclectic syncretist Mr. Universe Sun, 02/04/2018 - 12:18 Permalink

When you look at everything we know, and examine the evidence objectively, a story is emerging that says senior officials at the FBI and DOJ may have repeatedly perjured themselves in Federal Courts in order to spy on a domestic (not foreign) political campaign with the intention of subverting the United States Presidential election. This is not something the American people can permit to be covered up or swept under the rug. The truth has to come out, or our country, as we know it, is gone forever.

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knukles Perimetr Sun, 02/04/2018 - 13:07 Permalink

Relax everybody.
Gowdy's gone back to private practice. 

Which makes him on a brief hiatus between Congress and the Supreme Court, possibly? 

So he should show a little deference here, at this moment.

Plus, at this juncture, it is best to encourage Mueller.  And when fuck all results, a Special Prosecutor is Appointed to Investigate the Special Prosecutor to find what evidence he may have withheld.

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any_mouse newworldorder Sun, 02/04/2018 - 17:27 Permalink

<insert profanity laden rant here>

Sick of the hysterical mention of "Constitutional crisis" when it suits someone's agenda.

Limits on 1st Amendment, 2nd Amendment, 4th Amendment, 5th Amendment, and the rest, is NEVER labelled a "constitutional crisis".

Collusion and conspiracy to corrupt the political process is a "constitutional crisis".

The Glass Owens Act and the FED is a "constitutional crisis".

A "special" prosecutor is allowed to go off track without limits or consequence?

Mueller was an important cog in the corruption he is investigating.

Special prosecutors are appointed when necessary and they can be removed when necessary.

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11b40 shovelhead Sun, 02/04/2018 - 17:01 Permalink

You keep asking the same stupid question.  He is there to make sure everything stays covered up.  Other than running around like a Bantim Rooster flapping his wings and bobbing his head, what has he ACCOMPLISHED?  Fast & Forious?  Nope.  Lois Lerner/IRS?  Nope.  Benghazi? Nope.  He also resigned from the House Ethics Committee a couple of months ago.  Hmmmm.  That means he would have oversight of the Awan spy scandal/Debbie Washerwoman.  Where has he been.  Why is he leaving?

Remember, he has been drawing a government paycheck virtually all his working career.  

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InternetToughGuy FoggyWorld Sun, 02/04/2018 - 16:53 Permalink

There is a whole lot more to the story than the memo put out. The biggest story I recently learned is that CARTER PAGE WAS AN FBI INFORMANT IN 2013. Page testified as a witness to help prosecute a Russian NOC spy in 2015.

https://jackpineradicals.com/boards/topic/heres-the-backstory-behind-ru…

The 2016 FISA warrant was granted to surveil a suspected Russian Agent, who was Carter Page!

So let me get this straight: Page worked as an informant to the FBI from 2013 to 2015 and helped to prosecute a Russian Spy; and then in 2016 he volunteered for the Trump campaign and started spying for the Russians? 

The MSM knows this. And I can't believe Trey Gowdy doesn't know this. Why didn't this information find its way into the memo?  Without FBI INFORMANT CARTER PLANT, there would not have been a warrant! Was the FISA court informed of Carter Page's status?

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JRobby wildbad Sun, 02/04/2018 - 12:26 Permalink

He is correct! There are 2 completely separate "investigatable" possibilities.

If Trump is dirty, they should have been able to indict him by now either through evidence and or turning enough "witnesses" through leverage and coercement. Dragging it out is what Mueller has been instructed to do. We should know why.

Now the "other investigatable situation" involves real evidence and a total lack of secrecy as it was assumed without question that Hillary would win and any investigation would have ended with nothing.

 

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LetThemEatRand Billy the Poet Sun, 02/04/2018 - 12:20 Permalink

You don't need to convince me.  That's why I call it all theater.  We have absolute clear evidence that the Russia probe is not only phony, but that an incoming administration was illegally subject to surveillance for political reasons at the direction of the highest law enforcement officials in the land.  We have absolute clear evidence that Hillary broke the law but was given a pass so she could skate to her Presidential win (oops).   We have absolute clear evidence that the FISA courts are a rubber stamp for whatever the deep state wants, and should be shut down tomorrow.  And yet nothing happens.  

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Billy the Poet LetThemEatRand Sun, 02/04/2018 - 12:23 Permalink

How much longer is this ridiculous Russia investigation going to go on? The supposed evidence against Trump contains all the evidence needed to put Hillary and half of DC up against the wall.

 

How Ex-Spy Christopher Steele Compiled His Explosive Trump-Russia Dossier

Source A—to use the careful nomenclature of his dossier—was “a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure.” Source B was “a former top level intelligence officer still active in the Kremlin.”

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/03/how-the-explosive-russian-dossi…

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Billy the Poet corsair Sun, 02/04/2018 - 13:27 Permalink

If you are accepting this part of the dossier, than you also have to accept the rest of it.

 

Not at all. Steele admits that his information came from those who have every reason to spread dissension rather than tell the truth.

Who doesn't understand that if you knock on the Kremlin door and ask politely for dirt on your opponent which will influence a US presidential election that the Russians will play you like a fish?

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