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 TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump 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 McCain3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 Fighter pilot vs. astronaut match-up in Arizona could determine control of Senate The Hill's Morning Report — Recession fears climb and markets dive — now what? 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 ClintonTop Sanders adviser: Warren isn't competing for 'same pool of voters' Anti-Trump vets join Steyer group in pressing Democrats to impeach Trump Republicans plot comeback in New Jersey MORE's presidential campaign. Trump has roundly rejected the memo as "fake."