DOJ to allow House Intel to interview witness tied to Trump dossier

DOJ to allow House Intel to interview witness tied to Trump dossier
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The Department of Justice (DOJ) is permitting the House Intelligence Committee to interview an FBI employee thought to have been the main contact of the former British intelligence agent behind the unverified "Trump dossier," CNN reported on Sunday.


The news comes days after Fox News reported that the House Intelligence Committee was seeking contempt citations against the DOJ and the FBI over the investigation into the dossier, which contains allegations regarding the president's connections to Russia. 

Shortly after the report, President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate GOP budget ignores Trump, cuts defense Trump says he'll nominate Stephen Moore to Fed White House: ISIS territory in Syria has been 100 percent eliminated MORE tweeted that the FBI and DOJ should release documents pertaining to the probe. 

"The House of Representatives seeks contempt citations(?) against the JusticeDepartment and the FBI for withholding key documents and an FBI witness which could shed light on surveillance of associates of Donald Trump. Big stuff. Deep State. Give this information NOW!" the president tweeted, referencing the Fox News report.



House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesHillicon Valley: EU hits Google with .7 billion antitrust fine | GOP steps up attack over tech bias claims | Dems ask FTC for budget wishlist | Justices punt on Google privacy settlement Devin Nunes 'cow' parody account overtakes Nunes in Twitter followers MSNBC's Hayes on Nunes's Twitter lawsuit: US 'almost literally founded on mocking political leaders' MORE (R-Calif.) had accused the DOJ of being disingenuous for not complying with their subpoena demands. 

"We disagree with the Chairman's characterization and will continue to work with congressional committees to provide the information they request consistent with our national security responsibilities," DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told CNN in a statement. 

"The Department has already provided members of [the House Intelligence Committee] and House leadership with several hundred pages of classified documents and multiple briefings -- including, for example, clear answers as to whether any FBI payments were made to a source in question related to the dossier -- and has more recently cleared key witnesses they have requested to testify, including Mr. [Andrew] McCabe, Mr. [Peter] Strzok, and the alleged handler in question."

Former MI6 agent Christopher Steele compiled the dossier during the 2016 presidential campaign. 
The unverified document was in part funded by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocratic Socialists of America endorses Sanders for president How to end the Electoral College and elect our next president by popular vote CNN town halls put network at center of Dem primary MORE’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee. The transaction passed through a Democratic lawyer who contracted the work out to private research firm Fusion GPS.
Trump has maintained the dossier is fake.