Trump dossier leads to subpoena of firm that put it out

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 08:00:13 PM. The Republican chairman of the House intelligence committee has subpoenaed the head of the Washington firm that commissioned the sensational anti-Trump campaign research dossier — adding fresh intensity to the behind-the-scenes scramble among lawmakers to grasp how the infamous document fits into the Russian election meddling investigation.

The Republican chairman of the House intelligence committee has subpoenaed the head of the Washington firm that commissioned the sensational anti-Trump campaign research dossier — adding fresh intensity to the behind-the-scenes scramble among lawmakers to grasp how the infamous document fits into the Russian election meddling investigation.

The subpoena issued for Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson comes as special counsel Robert Mueller’s separate investigation interviewed the former British spy, Christopher Steele, who worked with Mr. Simpson in compiling the dossier of negative intelligence on Mr. Trump.

The CIA and FBI saw the dossier’s allegations as so sensational and sensitive last year that they excluded any mention of it from the intelligence community’s highly publicized accusations back in January about Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Meanwhile, Carter Page, a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser who filed one of several slander lawsuits because of the dossier, reportedly has said he will not appear before the Senate intelligence committee’s Russia probe. While unconfirmed whether the committee formally requested his testimony, the energy investor with Russia ties did inform the panel he won’t show if they do ask him.

Originally commissioned by Mr. Trump’s Republican rivals and then by a Democratic client, the dossier contains allegations about President Trump’s Moscow contacts. Mr. Steele wrote it in 2016 with support from Mr. Simpson and his firm before it was published by the online news service BuzzFeed just before January’s inauguration.

The Wall Street Journal first reported that House intelligence committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes pushed for a subpoena for Mr. Simpson’s testimony, the latest sign that panel infighting continues to plague the House inquiry after months of investigating.

Last spring Mr. Nunes stepped down from heading the committee’s Russia probe amid allegations he failed to keep other panel members abreast of his activities. On Tuesday Fusion GPS lawyer Joshua Levy lashed out at him, questioning the legitimacy of the subpoenas and blasting them as a “blatant attempt to undermine the reporting” of the dossier.

Democratic committee members also slammed Mr. Nunes. Rep. Eric Swalwell, California Democrat, warned that “we are at risk of having a flat Earth report come out of the House intelligence committee as to what happened with Russia.”

Mr. Nunes has remained active in the investigation despite stepping aside and has also weathered criticism he is too close to the Trump White House. The Californian has countered that Democratic committee members have distorted the investigation to bash Mr. Trump at every opportunity possible.

The divisions mean the House committee could end up issuing competing reports, both GOP and Democratic sources close to the committee have told The Washington Times.

It was revealed last week that Mr. Mueller’s team spoke with Mr. Steele, a former MI6 agent, this past summer in Europe. The congressional probes have yet to talk with Mr. Steele, who started a private intelligence firm after leaving the British government.

Mr. Steele’s relationship with the American intelligence community has been at the center of the congressional investigations — particularly who specifically paid for him to compile the dossier — along with the depth of his ties to the FBI.

HIDE COMMENTS

blog comments powered by Disqus

Click to Read More

Click to Hide

Top Stories

A U.S. Capitol Police Officer checks a car at a security checkpoint at the U.S. Capitol Building after last week's car chase that ended in a shootout at 1st Street and Constitution Ave. NE in front of the Hart Office Building, Washington, D.C., Monday, October 7, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

How a ‘baffling’ backdoor D.C. gun ban thwarts concealed-carry permit holders

Harvey Weinstein

Weinstein’s sexual harassment scandal tarnishes Hollywood, Democratic Party

obj.0.content_object.caption

Quiz: US Citizenship Test - Could You Pass?

In this Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones speaks after an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, in Glendale, Ariz. Dallas owner Jerry Jones said the NFL can't leave the impression that it tolerates players disrespecting the flag and that any of his Cowboys making such displays won't play. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

ESPN host compares Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to a slave owner

This Feb. 23, 2017, file photo, Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, speaks to the Utah Senate, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Rep. Mia Love slams Michelle Obama’s ‘divisive’ GOP comments: ‘I am not white and I am not a male’

obj.0.content_object.caption

Quiz: Test Your Civil War Knowledge

President Donald Trump poses for a portrait in the Oval Office in Washington in this Friday, April 21, 2017, file photo. Trump will mark the end of his first 100 days in office with a flurry of executive orders as he looks to fulfill campaign promises and rack up victories ahead of that milestone. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

In light of Trump’s IQ challenge, who is the smartest president? Researchers have an idea

People stand in line to go into the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, for the first day of the new term. The Supreme Court term that, by law, begins on the first Monday in October includes several high-profile cases dealing with controversial social issues or with the potential to affect millions of Americans. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Supreme Court scraps one challenge to Trump’s travel ban

A "bump" stock is displayed next to a disassembled .22-caliber rifle at North Raleigh Guns in Raleigh, North Carolina, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Allen Breed) ** FILE **

YouTube changes rules for firearms videos in response to Las Vegas massacre

President Donald Trump with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, speaking to members of the media following their meeting at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump says U.S. nuclear arsenal ‘awesome’ but needs upgrade

ap090421032401_primary_image.jpg

Conservatives in Hollywood: Celebrities who lean right

In this Oct. 7, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving the White House in Washington for a brief stop at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., on his way to Greensboro, N.C. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Liberal watchdog says Trump should face obstruction of justice charges

Congressional Democrats such as Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez of Illinois say they still see willing partners among some Republicans on immigration reform. (Associated Press/File)

Lawmakers dismiss Trump’s strict immigration plan: ‘It’s the job of Congress’

converted 1911.jpg

21 best guns for home protection

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, the Dallas Cowboys, led by owner Jerry Jones, center, take a knee prior to the national anthem and an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, in Glendale, Ariz. ESPN anchor Jemele Hill has been suspended by the network for two weeks for making political statements on social media. Hill, who is African-American, received criticism from the network last month after referring to President Donald Trump as a "white supremacist." On Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, Hill targeted Jerry Jones, after the Dallas Cowboys owner stated that players who disrespect the flag would not play for his team. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Two NFL teams crack down on take-a-knee protests after Trump flipped the script

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon takes part in an interview with host Sean Hannity, on the set of Fox News Channel's Hannity, in New York Monday, Oct 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Steve Bannon plans to challenge ‘every Republican incumbent,’ except for Ted Cruz

AP26539704575

Christians in Hollywood

ESPN host Stephen A. Smith told his "First Take" audience on Oct. 9, 2017, that President Trump is "winning" in the court of public opinion over the NFL's ongoing national anthem protests. (Image: ESPN "First Take" screenshot)

Stephen A. Smith warns NFL on national anthem protests: Trump is ‘winning’

Newsletters

  •  Daily
  •  Weekly
  •  Pruden on Politics
  •  Charles Hurt

Find us on Facebook

Find us on Twitter

All site contents © Copyright 2017 The Washington Times, LLC|3600 New York Avenue NE | Washington, DC 20002 |202-636-3000

Share this
Article Trump dossier leads to subpoena of firm that put it out compiled by www.washingtontimes.com