Rep. Trey Gowdy on Memo: Democrats 'Didn't Want Us to Find This Information'

Susan Jones | January 30, 2018 | 9:22am EST
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Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) (Photo: Screen grab/Fox & Friends)

( - Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), a member of the House intelligence committee, said he believes President Trump will decide to release a classified memo that reportedly shows surveillance abuses on the part of the FBI in connection with the Hillary Clinton and Trump-Russia investigations.

"And I would just tell my fellow citizens, if you're interested in whether or not the dossier was used in court proceedings and you're interested in whether or not it was funded by a political opponent, then you'll want to see the memo," Gowdy told "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday.


"Look, my Democratic colleagues didn't want us to find this information," Gowdy continued. They did everything they could to keep us from finding this information."

Gowdy said the memo's release will be particularly "embarrassing" to Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House intelligence committee, "once people realize the extent to which he went to keep them from learning any of this."

Asked to explain, Gowdy said Democrats went to court "to help Fusion GPS," so we can't find out that they paid for the dossier and that they were working for the DNC. That's a pretty big step to go to court to try to keep the American people from learning something. So look, if it were up to Adam Schiff, you wouldn't know about Hillary Clinton's email, you wouldn't know about the server, you wouldn't have known who paid for the dossier, so I find it ironic that he has his own memo now because if it were up to him, we wouldn't know any of it."

Schiff on Monday night said the Republican vote to release the memo "is an effort to circle the wagons around the White House and distract from the Russia probe."

Gowdy said he trusts people to make up their own minds, and he noted that politics has degenerated to the point where "it's all about winning."

"My main interest is the integrity of the DOJ and FBI, so if the cameras were off, I would ask my friends at the Bureau and the Department, how pervasive was the bias?" Gowdy said he wants to believe the pro-Clinton, anti-Trump bias at the FBI was confined to Agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

Gowdy also singled out Bruce Ohr, a senior Justice Department official, who reportedly met with Christopher Steele, the author of the Trump dossier, during the 2016 campaign and who met with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson after the election.

Ohr's wife Nellie was hired by Fusion GPS to help the company investigate Trump in the run-up to the election.

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