(National Sentinel) Russian Connection: A surrogate of Sen. John McCain who handled the now-infamous but discredited “Trump dossier” met with the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, The Daily Caller reported.
David Kramer, a former State Department official, met with the panel Tuesday morning. Kramer was the one who handled the dossier that was compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele and paid for, in part, by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Kramer has been a key figure in the dossier drama since January, when Buzzfeed published it in full with the caveat that none of it had yet been verified. The news site is being sued by figures mentioned in the dossier for slander.
“It was revealed soon after the dossier was published that McCain and Kramer were first told about the uncorroborated report in Nov. 2016 by Sir Andrew Wood, a former British ambassador to Russia who is a business associate of Steele’s,” The Daily Caller reported.
McCain asked Kramer to go to London later in the month to meet with Steele, once an officer for MI6.
The two arranged for the Arizona Republican and frequent Trump critic to obtain a copy of the dossier via Fusion GPS, the Democrat-aligned opposition research firm that commissioned the project and hired Steele.
What Kramer knew about the dossier has, for months, remained a mystery because he has not agreed to talk to various media outlets that have contacted him for interviews. One question that has yet to be answered is whether he gave the dossier to Buzzfeed.
Lawyers for Aleksej Gubarev, a Russian businessman suing BuzzFeed for defamation over the dossier, have attempted to depose Kramer.
However, as of last month, the attorneys disclosed in court filings that Kramer had so far dodged their subpoenas.
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