The House Intelligence Committee has issued a subpoena to an associate of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) over his connection with the controversial dossier containing unverified allegations about President Trump and his ties to Russia.
Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) wants to talk to David Kramer, a former State Department official and current senior director at the nonprofit McCain Institute, about his visit to London in November 2016, a source familiar with the matter confirmed.
The Washington Examiner’s Byron York first reported on the subpoena.
While in London, Kramer met with the dossier’s author, former British spy Christopher Steele, at McCain’s request, to view “the pre-election memoranda on a confidential basis,” according to court filings.
Kramer then flew back to the U.S. and delivered a copy of the memos to McCain, who then handed the documents to the FBI.
McCain later took a copy of the dossier to the FBI’s then-director, James Comey. But the FBI already had the document; Steele himself gave the dossier to the bureau in installments, reportedly beginning in early July 2016.
McCain, recovering in Arizona from treatments for cancer, has long refused to detail his actions regarding the dossier, which is ironic, given that he told Communists in Vietnam everything they wanted to hear, earning him the nickname Songbird.
For his part, Kramer was interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee on Dec. 19. The new subpoena stems from statements Kramer made in that interview.
The dossier has long been a key interest of Republicans, who want to find out if its claims were used as the basis for a surveillance warrant on Trump campaign associates.
Democrats, on the other hand, are interested to learn whether the allegations made against the president in the dossier are true.
Certain parts of the dossier have either been confirmed or proven false, while other parts of the memo compilation remain unverified.
The Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign partly funded the dossier, created by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS.
Trump has resoundingly dismissed the memo as “fake.”
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
December 28th, 2017
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