House intel panel interviews key figure in Trump dossier saga

House intel panel interviews key figure in Trump dossier saga
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The House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday morning interviewed a key character in the sprawling saga surrounding the so-called Steele dossier, a compendium of unconfirmed opposition research into then-candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpWSJ: Trump ignored advice to confront Putin over indictments Trump hotel charging Sean Spicer ,000 as book party venue Bernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin MORE.

The panel questioned David Kramer, a former State Department official who is now a senior director at the nonprofit McCain Institute, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

It was Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainObama, Bush veterans dismiss Trump-Putin interpreter subpoena Controversial Trump judicial nominee withdraws Trump vows to hold second meeting with Putin MORE (R-Ariz.) who gave the FBI the dossier in December. McCain was tipped off to its existence by a former British ambassador to Russia, who at McCain’s request arranged for the author of the dossier, former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, to meet with Kramer to show him “the pre-election memoranda on a confidential basis,” according to court filings.

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The dossier has been of keen interest to Republicans, who want to know if it was used as the basis for a surveillance warrant on any members of the Trump campaign. Democrats, meanwhile, want to know if the salacious allegations it contains, many of which link Trump to Russia, are true.

Some of the allegations in the dossier have been confirmed, while many others have been proven to be false. Others remain unconfirmed and likely unconfirmable.

The dossier, created by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS, was funded in part by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin Anti-Trump protests outside White House continue into fifth night Opera singers perform outside White House during fourth day of protests MORE's presidential campaign. Trump has roundly rejected the memo as "fake."