Remember when ‘Trump’s Russian dossier’ was all the rage in Democrat circles? This dossier had the goods, or so they claimed. It contained evidence of everything from hookers and golden showers, to clandestine strategy sessions with senior Kremlin officials over how to rig an election.
It was everywhere, they couldn’t stop talking about it, and they wanted it made public. It was a first-segment headline on Maddow’s and everyone else’s show at MSNBC, the MSM carried it, page one above the fold in the New York Times, and it was posted constantly at Occupy Democrats.
Now, however, the script has completely flipped. Rather than pursuing the elusive dossier, Dems are running as far and fast from the narrative as illegals from an ICE van — and Republicans are the ones demanding it be made public. Why the sudden shift in disposition?
Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) has floated his own theory and the former prosecutor is smelling a rat. He recently granted an interview to the Daily Caller, and laid out his case:
“Democrats are “fearful” that the Trump dossier is “a piece of fiction,” one that the FBI used to form the basis of its investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government.
That’s one theory that South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy is proposing for why Democrats are pushing back so hard against a GOP effort to get answers about the dossier from the FBI and Justice Department.
In an interview with The Daily Caller, the House Intelligence Committee member addressed claims from his Democratic colleagues and some in the media that he and his fellow Republicans are attempting to discredit the dossier and its author, former British spy Christopher Steele, in order to help Trump.
“I don’t know why anyone — from [California 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,” Gowdy told TheDC on Friday.
“For the life of me I don’t understand why they are focused on this,” Gowdy says of the Democratic pushback, “unless they are fearful that the bureau did rely on a piece of fiction.”
He was responding to Democrats’ criticism of a GOP-led effort to subpoena Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray for information about the dossier.
Committee Republicans issued a subpoena for Sessions and Wray Aug. 24, seeking information about how central the dossier is to the collusion investigation and how it was vetted.
The agencies did not provide documents in response to the subpoena, so the committee extended a deadline until Sept. 14 while also seeking meetings with Sessions and Wray to have them explain why information about the dossier should be withheld from Congress.
Democrats on the committee — Schiff, Connecticut Rep. Jim Himes, and California Rep. Eric Swalwell — have alleged that Republicans are taking a unilateral and unnecessary step to discredit the dossier.
Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, says that the FBI and DOJ have ignored “months and months of requests” for information about the dossier. The agencies have largely ignored similar requests made by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“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,” says Gowdy.
“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?’”
Gowdy tells TheDC that he does not need the FBI and DOJ to disclose the most sensitive details of the dossier — the identity of Steele’s sources and intermediaries, or how exactly the information was compiled. But he does want assurances from U.S. officials that the document was vetted. He also wants to know how much investigators have relied on the document for its investigation.
“I don’t need to know how you got the information, just tell me how you either sought to corroborate it, how you vetted it,” says Gowdy, who says he has studied the dossier twice in preparation for some interviews conducted by the committee.
“Did the FBI rely upon it? Did the DOJ rely upon it?” he asks. “If yes, to what extent, and how did you vet the sources and sub-sources in the document?”
“Before you can rely on something, you need to know where it came from and how it was either corroborated or contradicted,” says Gowdy, adding that, “it is relevant to ask whether or not a law enforcement agency relied on this dossier — or any evidence — without vetting it.”
All of these are perfectly reasonable positions held by Gowdy regarding the dossier, essentially saying, “let’s see it.” Thus far there’s been zero cooperation from the federal agencies in question, and Democrats are saying “just leave it alone.” Why?
With a pit bull like Trey Gowdy on the case, answers to those, and other, questions are likely forthcoming.
[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn, Founder and Chairman of the Rocky Mountain Black Conservatives, and a speaker, author, columnist and analyst for multiple print and broadcast media outlets. Follow him on Facebook, and at RMBlackConservatives.com]