In an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Monday, Rep. Matt Gaetz said that Americans can expect the “most compelling” evidence to come out regarding the FBI’s wrongdoing during the 2016 election in a matter of days or weeks. According to Gaetz, who echoed earlier remarks by Sen. Lindsey Graham and former Sen. Trey Gowdy, secret transcripts of conversations the FBI’s spies had with George Papadopoulos prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the Bureau was engaged in a conspiracy to bury Donald Trump.
“I believe we are days if not weeks away from the most compelling evidence in the biggest political scandal in American history,” predicted Gaetz. “There was western intelligence sent to spy on Papadopoulos and there’s a recording and transcript of the conversation. And there, Papadopoulos denies any illegal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia. So, they had evidence presumably that was against Papadopoulos and for him. What they won’t be able to defend is that they never presented that evidence to the FISA court.”
In seeking a foreign surveillance warrant against an American citizen, as the FBI did with Trump aide Carter Page, it is incumbent on the agency to present all sides of the evidence. To prevent abuse of the system, they are expected to provide any exculpatory evidence they have. That would include not only giving the court the truth about Christopher Steele and the dossier (which they didn’t) but any information they had indicating that the Trump campaign was not doing any dirty deals with the Russian government. Which they apparently did not do, either.
As such, it can be fairly said that the FBI deliberately misled the court. Now, we knew that already, thanks to Rep. Devin Nunes. We knew they were not up front about the political nature of Steele’s work, and we know they certainly did not explain that the dossier was paid for by the DNC. Now, if Gaetz is on the money, we will have even more evidence that the FBI broke the law with this investigation.
“This is what Attorney General Barr means when he talks about them putting their thumb on the scale. The government has an obligation before a secret court with no defense attorney to present all of the exculpatory evidence that they are provided – all of the exculpatory evidence,” Gaetz said. “Now, Comey and Clapper and Brennan are all going to say Papadopoulos might’ve known he was being surveilled when he said none of this stuff was actually happening. But there is still no excuse for why they didn’t go before court.”
That excuse also fails because we now know conclusively that there WAS NO COLLUSION. Papadopoulos said there was no conspiracy because there was no conspiracy.
This whole investigation was an absolute disgrace, and it is high time we hold some folks responsible.