(CNSNews.com) - Two members of the conservative Freedom Caucus say the opposition-research-generated dossier on Donald Trump -- commissioned by Fusion GPS on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign -- was a "significant factor" in the FBI obtaining a FISA warrant to surveil the Trump campaign.
Reps. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told Sean Hannity Wednesday night they want House Republican leaders to let all members of Congress see the FISA court application and other documents pertaining to the Trump-Russia probe:
"There is a growing body of members who believe that this dossier was a significant factor...in terms of the FISA warrant," Meadows said. "But I think that there is a broader question here. Why would the FBI use a Democrat paid-for dossier to actually surveil another campaign?” he asked.
"Jim Jordan and I are here tonight to call on our leadership to say that what we need to do is let every member have access, not only to that FISA application, but to all the outstanding work that (House intelligence committee) Chairman (Devin) Nunes has put forth in terms of gathering documents," Meadows said. "It's time that every member has the access to those documents, and so we're calling on our leadership to make that available."
"Yes, I mean, Mark is exactly right," Jordan said. "If members of Congress get to see this information, we think that the chorus will grow even more and say now it's time to declassify this, make it public, so the American people can understand once and for all what exactly happened.
Jordan noted that Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of when BuzzFeed printed the entire dossier -- "that "disproven, salacious, unverified dossier, as Jim Comey testified and said it was. One year ago today that they printed it. A year and a half ago, that it looks like they used it to go to the FISA court to get the warrants. Let's make that available for members of Congress to see," Jordan said.
Jordan and other Republicans want to know if the FBI used the unsubstantiated information in the dossier to obtain a FISA court warrant, and whether the FBI paid Steele to get some of that information.
"And if all our suspicions and all the evidence points to one thing -- did that actually happen? That's sure what it looks like, but let's find out for sure," Jordan said.
Meadows said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) started something earlier this week, when she unilaterally released the testimony of Glenn Simpson, the Fusion GPS founder, who testified in August before a closed-door session of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Simpson told the committee the FBI had sources other than the dossier, including one inside Trump campaign.
In late December, the New York Times reported that the FBI launched its Trump-Russia meddling investigation after Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos told an Australian diplomat "during a night of heavy drinking" that Moscow had damaging information on Hillary Clinton. In other words, the dossier was not the basis for the FISA court warrant to surveil the Trump campaign.
Yeah, right, Jordan indicated: "A 28-year-old shoots his mouth off in a bar. Now that's the reason they launched the Russia investigation? It wasn't the dossier that we've been talking about for the last year? Come on, this is like, it's pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. That is just a laughable story. We know what's caused this -- it's the stuff we've been talking about."
Hannity said he's hearing that "some of the details" regarding FISA abuse "are beyond our imagination."
"I'm agreeing," said Meadows, nodding his head. "Some of the things that will be coming out are so unbelievable that the FBI and DOJ would actually allow it to happen, and I would also say there are other agencies within the federal government--
Hannity interrupted: "So we're over the target, we've been right all along?
"You're over the target, and let me just tell you, we're focusing in, homing in, on that target," Meadows said.
President Trump may have been listening to Hannity's show Wednesday night. On Thursday morning, the president tweeted: Disproven and paid for by Democrats 'Dossier used to spy on Trump Campaign. Did FBI use Intel tool to influence the Election?' @foxandfriends"