On Sunday, former Republican Congressman and current Fox News contributor Trey Gowdy appeared on “Sunday Morning Futures” with Maria Bartiromo.
In his capacity as Chairman of the House Oversight Committee and as a member of the House Judiciary Committee, Gowdy had access to classified documents relating to the Trump/Russia collusion investigations. He has actually seen most of the material he discusses on Fox. However, it would be illegal for Gowdy to reveal specifics about any of them.
It’s been alleged that in December 2016, Comey sent an email to top-level FBI officials (said to include then-General Counsel James Baker, then-Chief of Counterespionage Peter Strzok, and then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe). Comey allegedly wrote that [CIA Director} John “Brennan insisted the crown material be included in the intel assessment charge.”
(Note: Bartiromo said that former FBI Director James Comey commonly referred to the dossier as the “crown material.”)
Pundits have been questioning whether or not the dossier was included in the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment. If so, this would be the fifth known use of it. It’s been established that the dossier was presented by the FBI as a serious document on at least four occasions.
Last week, Comey and Brennan were pointing at each other as to whose idea it was to include the dossier in the intelligence assessment. In an appearance on Fox last week, Gowdy said, “Comey has a better argument than Brennan, based on what I’ve seen.” My colleague, Streiff, posted here about this.
Gowdy told Bartiromo that Brennan, Clapper and Comey know full well the dossier was used in the intelligence assessment. He said:
What we’re trying to figure out is whether or not it was used a fifth time in the intelligence assessment. And you’ve got Brennan, Clapper and Comey, all three who know full well whether or not it was used in the intelligence assessment but… they’re giving you different versions, right.
So there is information that exists in December of 2016 and I hope anyone who has access to it… Senator Burr, Devin [Nunes], whoever is open minded. Go look at that.
And I think it will help you understand whether or not that dossier, that unverified hearsay, was used… five times or just four times by the United States government. It’s pretty bad if it was just four times, it’s really bad if it was five.
This morning, Fox News’ Judge Napolitano joined the panel on Maria Bartiromo’s show and said: I haven’t seen the e-mail obviously, but if the e-mail is correct, it directly contradicts what Brennan said under oath, which is another thing for the folks in Connecticut to examine – whether or not the former director of the CIA perjured himself – in order to make himself look good.”
It wouldn’t be the first time Brennan has lied. The Washington Post published a July 2014 op-ed entitled, “Obama Should Fire John Brennan.” It was written after it became clear Brennan had lied about whether “the CIA had illegally accessed Senate Intelligence Committee staff computers “to thwart an investigation by the committee into” the agency’s past interrogation techniques.”
I’m with Trey Gowdy on this one.