Gowdy: FISA Warrant Would Not Have Been Authorized Without DNC-Funded Dossier

By Susan Jones | February 5, 2018 | 6:00 AM EST

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) appears on CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2018. (Photo: Screen grab)

(CNSNews.com) - The unverified dossier on Donald Trump produced by British spy Christopher Steele was not the only information used to justify a FISA warrant to surveil Trump adviser Carter Page.

But the FISA court would not have issued the warrant without the dossier, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday. Gowdy authored the four-page Republican memo outlining serious concerns about the way the FBI obtained the FISA warrant.

"Would it have been authorized were it not for that dossier?" guest host Margaret Brennan asked Gowdy.

"No, it would not have been," he replied.

Gowdy called it "unprecedented" to rely on political opposition research as part of a FISA warrant application.

"This is an application to a court," Gowdy said. "So, I get that Adam Schiff and others are worried about what is not in my memo. I wish that they were equally concerned about what's not in the FISA application, which is a lot of really important information about the source and his sub-sources and the fact that he was hired by the DNC and the Clinton campaign, and the fact that he was biased against President Trump.

"That is all information that the finder of fact is entitled to."

The application contained three parts, Gowdy explained: “It included the dossier. It included reference to a newspaper article which, by the way, no court in America considers a newspaper article to be evidence. And it included other information they had on Carter Page.

“So what I would say to the FBI and DOJ is, if you had enough on Carter Page with just him, why did you include something that 'The National Enquirer' might not run, and why did you cite newspaper article, when there's no court in America that allows a newspaper article to be considered as evidence?

“If you had enough without it, why did you use it? That would be my question to them.”

Gowdy said the judges are only as good as the information that's given to them. "Judges don't do independent research. So, you're looking at a stack of papers."

He said it was up to the FBI and DOJ to present "full, credible information" to the FISA court.

"So, I don't -- look, I will never miss chance to blame judges, if I can, because I was a former litigator. There's nothing judges can do about information that is not presented to them."

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein signed one of the four FISA applications renewing the surveillance on Carter Page, but Gowdy said he does not think Rosenstein should be fired:

“I think it is fair to ask the deputy attorney general, what did you know at the time you signed one of the applications? I think it is fair to ask, what FISA reforms are you going to implement to make sure we don't have this fact pattern come up again?

“I don't judge people based on a single decision that they make throughout the course of an otherwise really stellar career,” Gowdy said.

The congressman also said he’s “really impressed” with FBI Director Chris Wray:

“And I say that even though we're totally opposite sides of this issue and probably will always be. He doesn't think the memo should have been publicly disseminated. I have real questions about the process that the bureau went through in 2016, but I also think he's the person to lead the bureau. I think he's doing a good job.”

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