2019 May 20, 11:17am
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Gowdy told Fox News on May 19 that the bureau has a record of a conversation between former Trump-campaign adviser George Papadopoulos and an informant sent to target him. While several transcripts exist, one in particular “has the potential to actually persuade people,” Gowdy said, adding that the transcript includes exculpatory evidence which the FBI did not provide to a court.“Very little in this Russia probe, I’m afraid, is going to persuade people who hate Trump, or who love Trump, but there is some information in these transcripts that I think has the potential to be a game-changer if it’s ever made public,” Gowdy said.Gowdy, who was part of the House judiciary-oversight Russia-probe inquiry, said that “the government has to tell the whole truth to the court when you are seeking permission to spy, or do surveillance, on an American.”“And part of that includes the responsibility of providing exculpatory information or information that tends to show the person did not do something wrong. If you have exculpatory information, and you don’t share it with the court, that ain’t good. I’ve seen it,” Gowdy said.The New York Times revealed last month that the FBI sent a spy to target Papadopoulos after opening a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign. The female spy, Azra Turk (not her real name), pretended to be someone else in a bid to draw incriminating information from Papadopoulos.Turk is the second known spy who the FBI used to target the Trump campaign. In May last year, Stefan Halper was identified as an FBI asset who targeted Papadopoulos and other Trump-campaign associates.