Former House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy has said he is “lost” and “clueless” why secret transcripts of a discussion former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos was involved in have not been released. Gowdy, who saw the transcript when he served on the House Intelligence Committee, said the transcript has the potential to be a “game-changer.” Gowdy said the FBI owes the American people an explanation on how that investigation into the president’s former campaign adviser began. During the recent Mueller testimony in Congress, his name was mentioned 33 times.
Gowdy who declined to give specific details about the transcript, claims the FBI concealed the potentially exonerating information from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and he also hinted that more secret transcripts are being withheld.
Speaking with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, in an interview on “Sunday Morning Futures,” Gowdy referenced a conversation Bartiromo had with Papadopoulos on Saturday evening, where Papadopoulos discussed the recorded conversation between himself and FBI informant Stefan Halper from September 2016. Gowdy said the transcript is an example of “textbook exculpatory information,” and he indicated, “The one you referenced is a single transcript. There are going to be others.”
According to the Daily Caller News, Papadopoulos said he was asked by both Halper and his female assistant Turk (a government investigator,) if Trump’s campaign was involved in aiding Russia to hack Democrats emails. He instantly rejected the idea and informed them it was illegal.
“Russia has all of these emails of Hillary Clinton and you know, and when they get out that would be really good for you, right? That would be really good for you and the Trump campaign, if all those emails got out, right?” Bartiromo recounted to Gowdy, adding that Papadopoulos replied to Halper, “That’s crazy,” “That would be treason,” “People get hanged for stuff,” and “I would never do something like that.”
Gowdy said the FBI investigation was more focused on the Trump campaign and not Russia. “The FBI and the DOJ said it was never intended to investigate the Trump campaign, just Russia,” said Gowdy. “Okay, great. Show us the transcripts. Show us what questions you coached the informants or the cooperating witnesses to ask of the Trump campaign officials. If it’s not about the campaign then you win, you’re right. But if you’re veering over into the campaign, or if your questions are not solely about Russia, then you’ve been misleading us for two years.”
“Just release the transcripts, and we can tell for ourselves when it began and what it was about,” he said.