Former British spy Christopher Steele furnished the FBI and the U.S. State Department with a dossier about President Donald Trump that made truly wild accusation about Trump’s supposed relationship with Vladimir Putin and his associates.
The dossier, which contains the infamous “golden shower” story about Trump partying with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room, has already been widely discredited. However, Democrats are still attempting to use it as evidence in their freewheeling investigation into the president.
Influential Republican congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina just poured some cold water on investigators regarding the dossier. Said Gowdy, “I don’t know why anyone — from [Democratic Rep.] Adam Schiff, to Vanity Fair, to Rachel Maddow — would not be curious whether or not the world’s premier law enforcement agency relied upon a dossier in connection with an investigation without vetting it.”
The House Intelligence Committee member added about Democrats, “For the life of me I don’t understand why they are focused on this, unless they are fearful that the bureau did rely on a piece of fiction.” Gowdy has attempted to subpoena the Department of Justice and the FBI to gain more information about the dossier, but he has yet to get access to it.
Continued former prosecutor Gowdy, “The investigators on [the Intelligence Committee] have been trying for months to obtain documents about the dossier, but when you get no response, then you go from a polite request, to a firm request to a legal request. And if they still don’t comply with it, then we’re well within our rights — I’ve done it before — you bring in a witness and say ‘OK, you’re under oath, you need to explain to me why you don’t think you need to share this, what am I missing?’” He then laid down some common sense about the dossier, saying, “Before you can rely on something, you need to know where it came from and how it was either corroborated or contradicted. It is relevant to ask whether or not a law enforcement agency relied on this dossier — or any evidence — without vetting it.” Do you agree with Trey?