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Gowdy Suggests Sid Blumenthal Is Key Dossier Source

Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy suggested on Fox News Tuesday evening that Hillary Clinton confidant Sid Blumenthal is one domestic source for the infamous dossier alleging dangerous connections between President Donald Trump and Russia.

Gowdy told “The Story” host Martha McCallum that Blumenthal gave information to Christopher Steele, the former intelligence officer who authored the dossier which served as the basis for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant Republicans say was politically motivated.

Weeks before the 2016 election, someone in former President Barack Obama’s State Department was feeding information to Steele from a foreign source, but there was also a domestic source.

“When you hear who the source or one of the sources of that information is, you’re going to think, ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve heard that name somewhere before. Where could he possibly have been?'” Gowdy said.

“I’m trying to think how Secretary Clinton defined him,” Gowdy said. “I think she said he was an old friend who emailed her from time to time.”

McCallum asked if the source was Blumenthal.

“That would be really warm. You’re warm,” Gowdy said. (RELATED: CNN Asks Why It’s Reckless For GOP To Release A Memo, But Okay For Democrats)

Gowdy said he’s known about Steele’s domestic dossier source for a month. “Everything that there is to know about it, and I have known about it for over a month,” he said. “If you go and read the documents at the Department of Justice, you see it. I am troubled by it.”

House Republicans released a memo from Rep. Devin Nunes Friday that alleges the FBI used the unconfirmed dossier to apply for a politically motivated FISA warrant. The Democrats have tried to release a rebuttal memo that adds context that is necessary to get the whole story.

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