UH-OH: House Intel Chairman Devin Nunes Subpoenas John McCain Associate Over Fusion GPS Dossier
It’s time for John McCain associate, David Kramer, to face the hot, white lights of the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into the discredited Fusion GPS dossier.
Washington Examiner reports:
House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes has issued a subpoena to David Kramer, a former State Department official who, in late November 2016, traveled to London to receive a briefing and a copy of the Trump dossier from its author, former British spy Christopher Steele. Kramer then returned to the U.S. to give the document to Sen. John McCain.
Kramer is a senior fellow at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University.
McCain later took a copy of the dossier to the FBI’s then-director, James Comey. But the FBI already had the document; Steele himself gave the dossier to the bureau in installments, reportedly beginning in early July 2016.
Fox News reported:
Fox News spoke to Wood at the 2017 Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia, Canada. As Britain’s ambassador to Moscow from 1995-2000, Wood witnessed the end of Russian President Boris Yeltsin and the rise of Vladimir Putin.
“My mission was essentially to be a go-between and a messenger, to tell the senator and assistants that such a dossier existed,” Sir Andrew Wood told Fox News in an exclusive interview with senior executive producer Pamela K. Browne.
In August 2016, “[Steele] came to me to tell me what was in it, and why it … was important,” Wood said. “He made it very clear … yes, it was raw intelligence, but it needed putting into proper context before you could judge it fully.”
August 2016 is a very important date because this was right after the FBI opened a probe into so-called Russian meddling according to a March testimony by Comey. Former FBI Director James Comey had also just exonerated Hillary Clinton of the email investigation for the first time.
Wood confirmed that ‘Steele had been in contact with the FBI at the time’, Herridge reports.
Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson personally gave Senator John McCain (R-AZ) a copy of the now discredited dossier. Earlier reports suggested that McCain was made aware of the dossier from British associates, but was never in possession of the document’s final draft.
“A new book out by Guardian journalist Luke Harding ["Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win,”] provides previously unknown details about the Trump dossier and its author, former British spy Christopher Steele,” writes the Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross.
Daily Caller reports:
It has been previously reported that McCain was aware of the dossier before it was published by BuzzFeed on Jan. 10. He was told of its existence in Nov. 2016 by Sir Andrew Wood, a former British ambassador and associate of Steele’s. It was also known that a copy was passed to McCain and his associate, David Kramer.
What was not known was that McCain was provided a final copy of the dossier directly by Simpson, the former Wall Street Journal reporter who started Fusion GPS.
“Les than twenty-four hours later, Kramer returned to Washington. Next, Simpson shared a copy of the dossier confidentially with McCain.”
In a section of Ross’ piece subtitled “Reporters at competing outlets cooperated on anti-Trump efforts,” it’s reveals that mainstream media reports, fiercely competitive over scoops and exclusives, colluded together in an effort to push Trump-Russia hysteria.