(National Sentinel) On the Spot: House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has issued a subpoena to David Kramer, the associate of Sen. John McCain who handled the discredited “Trump dossier” and delivered it to the Arizona Republican.
Nunes wants to discuss the dossier with Kramer, a former State Department and current senior director at the nonprofit McCain Institute, about his trip to London in November 2016, ostensibly to pick up the dossier from former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele.
Court filings note that Kramer went to London to view “the pre-election memoranda on a confidential basis,” The Hill reported.
Kramer then flew back to Washington, D.C., and delivered a copy of the dossier to McCain, who then turned it over to the FBI.
The subpoena for Kramer to appear before House investigators on Jan. 11 comes after he has already appeared before the committee earlier this month.
Republicans are interested in the origins of the dossier and whether it was used as justification for the FBI to seek FISA court warrants so the bureau could spy on the Trump campaign and transition team.
For his part, McCain said he was concerned about the contents of the dossier, which contain salacious details of alleged past behavior in Russia by the president as well as an outright claim that his campaign colluded with Moscow to win last year.
None of those claims have been substantiated, despited year-long investigations by congressional committees, the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller.
The Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton‘s presidential campaign funded the dossier, created by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS.
On Dec. 11, Fox News reported that it had spoken exclusively with the man who claimed he was the “go-between” for McCain and Steele, Sir Andrew Wood.
“My mission was essentially to be a go-between and a messenger, to tell the senator and assistants that such a dossier existed,” said the former British ambassador to Moscow.
In August 2016, “[Steele] came to me to tell me what was in it, and why it … was important,” Wood said. “He made it very clear … yes, it was raw intelligence, but it needed putting into proper context before you could judge it fully.”
The August 2016 timeline is important, because it was just after then-FBI Director James Comey exonerated Hillary Clinton in what appeared to be a clear case of mishandling classified data, and at the same time the FBI opened a probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Wood said Steele had “already been in contact with the FBI” at the time.
“He said there was corroborating evidence in the United States, from which I assumed he was working with an American company,” Wood said.
The Daily Caller‘s Chuck Ross reported that Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson had provided McCain with a copy of the dossier.
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