Gowdy Breaks Silence on Mysterious FBI Document
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Other congressional Republicans have alluded to the transcript, believed to detail an FBI informant's conversations with George Papadopoulos, a former member of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
The Daily Caller's Chuck Ross reports:
"I was supportive of [Robert] Mueller. I was supportive of the idea to initiate, to investigate what Russia did, but when I saw this transcript, it actually changed my perspective," Gowdy said in an interview on Fox 'News' "'Sunday Morning Futures.'"
Republicans have hinted at the existence of a transcript that contains exculpatory information for Papadopoulos, who the FBI claims was the catalyst for its counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign.
Papadopoulos had encounters with several mysterious figures during his stint on the Trump campaign. He met Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud, Australian diplomat Alexander Downer and Stefan Halper, a former Cambridge professor who was identified as an FBI informant in 2018.
Gowdy said Sunday the mysterious transcripts were not provided to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), which approved four FBI surveillance warrants against Carter Page, another Trump campaign adviser. The applications cited information from the unverified Steele dossier and also mentioned Papadopoulos.
The conservative politico added that if the document were released, the public would likely see it as a "game-changer."