Gowdy: Surveillance warrant would not have been authorized without dossier

Gowdy: Surveillance warrant would not have been authorized without dossier
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Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyFBI chief: I'm trying to bring 'normalcy' in 'turbulent times' Jim Carrey targets McCarthy, Nunes ahead of midterms House GOP prepares to grill DOJ official linked to Steele dossier MORE (R-S.C.) said in a new interview that the surveillance warrants for a former aide to President TrumpDonald John TrumpBrennan fires new shot at Trump: ‘He’s drunk on power’ Trump aides discussed using security clearance revocations to distract from negative stories: report Trump tried to dissuade Melania from 'Be Best' anti-bullying campaign: report MORE’s campaign would not have been obtained without the controversial dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.

In an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation,” the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman said that while the dossier was not the only information the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court used to obtain the warrant, it would not have been acquired without the dossier.

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"Would it have been authorized were it not for that dossier?” Host Margaret Brennan asked Gowdy

“No. It would not have been,” Gowdy, a former prosecutor, replied.

Gowdy’s interview comes after the release of a controversial GOP memo that accuses the Justice Department of abusing its surveillance powers.

 “It was not the exclusive information relied upon by the FISA court,” Gowdy said in the CBS interview, referring to the dossier.

The memo also said that former Trump campaign adviser George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosMueller recommends Papadopoulos be sentenced to up to 6 months in prison Hill.TV poll: 41 percent of Americans want Mueller to wrap up probe before midterms Papadopoulos's wife wants him to scrap plea deal with Mueller: report MORE sparked the initial counterintelligence probe, but added that the dossier was “essential” to obtaining the FISA warrant on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.