House intel panel interviews key figure in Trump dossier saga

House intel panel interviews key figure in Trump dossier saga
© Getty Images

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 TrumpFormer Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right 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 McCain20 years after 9/11, US foreign policy still struggles for balance What the chaos in Afghanistan can remind us about the importance of protecting democracy at home 'The View' plans series of conservative women as temporary McCain replacements 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.

ADVERTISEMENT

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 ClintonPennsylvania GOP authorizes subpoenas in election probe We must mount an all-country response to help our Afghan allies Biden nominates ex-State Department official as Export-Import Bank leader MORE's presidential campaign. Trump has roundly rejected the memo as "fake."