Republican Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina dismissed Democrats’ criticisms of the recently released Republican memo detailing surveillance abuse within the FBI and Department of Justice, during an interview with “Face the Nation” on Sunday, stating that he wished they were concerned about other things as much as they were about the release of the memo, reports The Daily Caller.
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“I get that Adam Schiff and others are worried about what’s not in my memo,” Gowdy said on “Face The Nation.” “I wish that they were equally concerned about what’s not in the FISA application”
Gowdy recently announced that he would not be running again for reelection and instead try to enter the private sector and the justice system. He spoke about his retirement from Congress but he was also there to talk about the hype over national security Democrats have put on the release of the memo.
“But it’s both the Steele dossier, and who paid for it, and whether or not it was vetted, but it’s also what was not in it. This is an application to a court. So, I get that Adam Schiff and others are worried about what’s not in my memo,” Gowdy said.
“I wish that they were equally concerned about what’s not in the FISA application, which is a lot of really important information about the source, and its sub-sources, and the fact that he was hired by the DNC and the Clinton campaign, and the fact that he was biased against President Trump,” Gowdy said. “That is all information that the– that the finder of fact is entitled to.”
The FBI released a statement prior to the memo’s Friday release, which stated the agency had “grave concerns” about its contents.
Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, led by ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff of California, have drafted their own memo to counter the Republican version, which they believe to be incomplete and misleading.
Republicans voted Monday not to release the memo publicly but did vote to share it with the rest of the House. Speaker Paul Ryan and many of his fellow Republicans have said they support the public release of the Democratic memo once it is properly redacted to protect intelligence methods and sources.