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Former Republican South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy claimed Tuesday the FBI cited articles and information from longtime Clinton fixer Sidney Blumenthal as corroboration for claims made in the Steele dossier, a scenario the former congressman called “a problem.”

In an interview with Fox News’ Martha Maccallum, Gowdy said when he was still in Congress, he saw an FBI spreadsheet that laid out all of the specific claims in the dossier, which former British spy Christopher Steele authored. The spreadsheet also cited information the FBI believed corroborated Steele’s salacious report, he said.

“I’ve seen the spreadsheet, Martha, I have seen each factual assertion listed in that dossier, and then I’ve seen the FBI’s justification. And when you’re citing newspaper articles as corroboration for a factual assertion that you have made, you don’t need an FBI agent to go do a Google search,” said Gowdy, who served on the House Intelligence Committee and is a Fox News contributor.

“When the name Sidney Blumenthal is included as part of your corroboration, and when you’re the world’s leading law enforcement agency, you have a problem.”

Gowdy did not further explain how the FBI used information from Blumenthal, but his claim could be a potential bombshell as investigators probe the FBI’s use of the dossier in its investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.

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Congressional Republicans have accused the FBI of improperly relying on the unverified dossier to obtain surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. They have also faulted the FBI for failing to tell surveillance court judges that Steele was investigating the Trump campaign on behalf of the Clinton campaign and DNC.

Blumenthal, who is one of the Clintons’ closest political allies, was involved in shopping around a report that contained some of the same allegations about Donald Trump that were included in Steele’s document. That eight-page report was authored by Cody Shearer, another longtime Clinton insider who is close friends with Blumenthal.

Both Shearer and Blumenthal are considered controversial figures. Shearer first came to prominence in the early 1990s after he peddled false allegations that then-Vice President Dan Quayle bought marijuana from a man who was in prison at the time. Blumenthal helped stoke false rumors in the 2008 campaign that Barack Obama was not born in the U.S.

Like Steele, Shearer cited sources who claimed the Russian government had sexually compromising material on Trump. No evidence has emerged supporting the claim, which Trump has vehemently denied.

Shearer’s two memos, which he put together in September and October 2016, made their way to the FBI through Steele.

Blumenthal provided Shearer’s reports to Jonathan Winer, a State Department official who was Steele’s main contact to the agency. Winer gave Shearer’s document to Steele, who in turn gave the document to the FBI. The Guardian reported Jan. 30, 2018, that Steele gave the FBI the Shearer information because he was asked to turn over any intelligence he had about Trump that might corroborate his own reporting.

Steele provided Winer with information from his own Trump investigation. Winer set up a meeting for Steele at the State Department Oct. 11, 2016. He has since left government.

Another question left unanswered by Gowdy is whether the FBI spreadsheet he mentioned was related to the Carter Page surveillance warrants or whether it was part of the investigative file for the Trump-Russia probe in general.

The special counsel’s report all but debunked the dossier’s core claim that the Trump campaign was involved in a “well-developed conspiracy of co-ordination” with the Russian government. The report said prosecutors were unable to establish that a conspiracy occurred.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Tom

    May 15, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    If it is against the law for a foreign national to try and influence the US Election process, How come the DNC and Hiliary Clinton employed a FOREIGN NATIONAL to produce evidence against Donald Trump? By doing that were they not COLLUDING with a FOREIGN NATIONAL to derail the Election process or overthrow the election results.

    • Rojo

      May 15, 2019 at 11:50 pm

      I’m thinking that would be treason… hung by rope or shot in public!

  2. Rebecca Holstine

    May 16, 2019 at 12:23 am

    I don’t know the law, but yes Tom, I would think so. So that means it was Hillary and the DNC that colluded with a foreign agent. Not Trump. Why didn’t Mueller follow up on that while he was taking his time investigating?After all he had two years.

    • JAIME.

      May 16, 2019 at 7:06 am

      RIGHT!

  3. Texas

    May 16, 2019 at 6:16 am

    Mueller is part of the Take Down President Trump Mobster Clan!
    His report would have turned out to be a complete Hit Job,
    But he was exposed before this could happen.
    It’s starting to look like all The Democrats well planned Coups are being exposed!
    You have to be a crook to vote for a Democrat with all we know now about how corrupt they are. More will come out and they preach they have morals, lol, these people don’t know what the definition of moral means!
    They don’t believe there is a God, that’s why they can lie so easily and feel no guilt! Pure Criminal minds!
    Democrats are the Devils Children!!
    They are the most dangerous type of people, they have no conscience!

  4. Margie

    May 16, 2019 at 6:22 am

    I think Trey Gowdy Left Politics because he was in fear for his life! He didn’t want to become another Clinton victim.
    This is how Democrats play, they have no value for human life, if you get in their way, they will just have you killed and smile about it.
    These are true traits of psychopaths! Who in their right mind would want this type of person running our country or looking out for our welfare, NO ONE!
    Vote Republican in 2020, we can’t afford to die Under Democrat Power!!

  5. J R

    May 16, 2019 at 7:21 am

    Trey…….like many others……I was one of your biggest fans. Man–you could really talk the talk. Unfortunately, you never walked the walk! Enough of being a talk show hero pal. Actually DO SOMETHING for a change please.

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