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 GowdyRising star Ratcliffe faces battle to become Trump's intel chief Cummings announces expansion of Oversight panel's White House personal email probe, citing stonewalling Pelosi says it's up to GOP to address sexual assault allegation against Trump MORE (R-S.C.) said in a new interview that the surveillance warrants for a former aide to President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated 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 PapadopoulosFlynn, Papadopoulos to speak at event preparing 'social media warriors' for 'digital civil war' Judge dismisses DNC lawsuit against Trump campaign, Russia over election interference Mueller hearings should lead Democrats to be shocked at abuse of justice system 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.