Subpoena Hammer Drops in Trump Dossier Scandal

As reported by the Washington Examiner, due to statements made during a December 19 interview before the House intelligence committee, Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) has issued a subpoena to David Kramer, a former State Department official and current senior fellow at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University, who traveled to London in November 2016 to meet with the ex-British spy and Trump dossier author Christopher Steele.

During the interview, Kramer told House investigators that he knew the identities of the Russian sources for the allegations in the infamous dossier, which was funded by the Clinton campaign, produced by Fusion GPS, and authored by Christopher Steele.

Then, when the investigators asked Kramer to reveal those names in order to determine if they are credible sources, he declined to do so.

From the Examiner:

There is a growing belief among some congressional investigators that the Russians who provided information to Steele were using Steele to disrupt the American election as much as the Russians who distributed hacked Democratic Party emails. In some investigators’ views, they are the two sides of the Trump-Russia project, both aimed at sowing chaos and discord in the American political system.

Investigators who favor this theory ask a sensible question: It is likely that all the Russians involved in the attempt to influence the 2016 election were lying, scheming, Kremlin-linked, Putin-backed enemies of America – except the Russians who talked to Christopher Steele?

If true, then the names Kramer claimed to have most likely aren’t credible sources at all, as it would suggest they are nothing more than pawns used to disrupt the election, to launch the investigation into the Trump campaign, and to obtain a surveillance warrant on Trump campaign members.

Also, according to the Daily Caller, Kramer was one of a “small handful” of people known to have handled the complete 35-page version of the dossier. McCain, Steele, and Fusion GPS have all denied giving the document to BuzzFeed, who published it in January.

Furthermore, lawyers for Russian businessman Aleksej Gubarev, who is said to be suing BuzzFeed for defamation over the document, have attempted to depose Kramer, but as of last month, Kramer has been fortunate enough dodge their subpoenas…for now.


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