By Jon Dougherty
Former GOP congressman Trey Gowdy explained again on Tuesday night during an appearance on Fox News why Justice Department investigators should be examining email communications between former CIA Director John Brennan and fired FBI Director James Comey as they pertain to the Obama administration’s “Spygate” scandal.
Gowdy, now a network contributor, told Fox News‘ Martha MacCallum that investigators should be focused on two questions: Whether or not the infamous “Steele dossier” was unverified and uncorroborated when the FBI used it to obtain a FISA warrant, and when the bureau began attempting to corroborate it.
The South Carolina Republican’s comments come after news broke Monday that Attorney General William Barr appointed long-time corruption expert and U.S. Attorney from Connecticut John Durham to look into such matters.
“What I’m telling Mr. Durham or whoever is going to look into this is, I think you’ll see late in (December) 2016, well after it had been used, it was still unverified and the people responsible for it were referring to it as unverified and one or the other demanded that it be included in the intelligence assessment which then prompted the discussion you and I are having now,” Gowdy said.
This is crucial because Brennan appears to have thrown Comey under the bus over the dossier and how/why it was included in intelligence briefings used by the Obama regime to obtain a warrant to spy on Carter Page, then a member of the 2016 Trump campaign.
PJ Media‘s Debra Heine reports:
While the former congressman was careful not to mention any names, rumors have swirled since last March that former CIA chief John Brennan is the one who insisted that the unverified Steele dossier be included in the 2017 U.S. intelligence Assessment of Russian Interference in the 2016 Election.
“A high-level source tells me it was Brennan who insisted that the unverified and fake Steele dossier be included in the Intelligence Report,” Senator Rand Paul tweeted on March 27. “Brennan should be asked to testify under oath in Congress ASAP.”
Legendary journalist Bob Woodward echoed those same accusations during an appearance on Fox News last month.
We’ve also noted that Clapper — and possibly former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, both serial liars to Congress — could also be a mastermind of Spygate.
In April, however, during an interview on MSNBC, Brennan denied that he had anything to do with it.
“Rand Paul and others make these very specious allegations that have no basis in truth,” he said. “But they put it into the bloodstream and then, unfortunately, certain networks will propagate that.”
“That’s absolutely incorrect and 180 degrees from the truth. It was CIA that was pushing not to have it included, not to have it taken into account at all in that intelligence community assessment,” he claimed.
Then, the ‘under the bus’ moment: “This was something that Jim Comey and the FBI thought it was appropriate that Mr. Trump, who was going to become the president of the United States, would be aware of this report that is circulating and how it could be exploited by the Russians or others to try to undermine this government,” Brennan said.
Fox News national security correspondent Catherine Herridge reported Tuesday evening that, again, Brennan claimed it was Comey, not him or Clapper, who wanted to put the dossier in the intel report.
Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, noted that “sometimes in the courtroom when two people are blaming each other, they’re both right.” However, he added, the truth of the matter would be pretty easy to sort out.
The former chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee, who was deeply involved in Congress’ effort to probe Spygate, added he has seen the Comey-Brennan email and, based on that, Comey has “a better argument than Brennan.”
Gowdy noted that he and other Republicans called for a second special prosecutor two years ago to look into discrepancies regarding the Spygate scandal, but then-AG Jeff Sessions wasn’t on board with it. Rather, he appointed a U.S. attorney — John Huber of Utah — to examine those issues and others related to Hillary Clinton’s criminal abuse of classified emails.
No one’s heard from Huber since.
“[Justice Department Inspector General Michael] Horowitz doesn’t have access to the grand jury, he doesn’t have access to former employees. He’s a wonderful investigator but he’s only as good as the tools he’s given,” Gowdy explained.
But Durham does, making his the “A-1 investigation.”
And in a flashback to April, recall that Former federal prosecutor Joe diGenova noted that ‘bombshell’ reports are coming exposing a lot of this.
“The problem for Brennan and [former Director of National Intelligence James] Clapper and Comey and [former FBI lawyer James] Baker and all of them now is the FISA Court has already communicated with the Justice Department about its findings,” he said.
He added: “There will be indictments.”
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