(ReliableNews.org) – Shortly after the 2016 presidential election, a dossier written by ex-British spy Christopher Steele was leaked. The documents contained all sorts of sordid allegations about President Donald Trump’s campaign and personal life. Although much of it was later debunked, the FBI reportedly used the information to launch investigations against Trump and his campaign advisers.
Eventually, the Russia witch-hunt was born and the rest is history. Now, a Republican senator wants answers from the State Department about the dossier.
Former Official Subpoenaed
On August 20, a source on Capitol Hill told The Hill Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI) subpoenaed a former State Department official. The Republican lawmaker wants Jonathan Winer to answer questions before the committee about his contact with Steele.
Winer has said the ex-spy told him President Trump was compromised by the Russians in 2016. The former State official wrote a two-page summary of the dossier, and then gave it to former Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland. Senator Johnson now wants more information about Winer’s involvement.
Democrat Tries to Stop It
Although Johnson has broad authority to subpoena witnesses, Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) claims he was supposed to sign-off on the motion. The Democrat claims the order to depose Winer is a “direct and clear violation” of the rules.
Peters claims the subpoena is unenforceable. It seems strange the Democrats would want to stop the committee from obtaining more information about what they believe was election interference in 2016. Wouldn’t they want to gather as much testimony as possible from the people who were there? Or was that never the goal?
Johnson has accused Peters of undermining the investigation and trying to keep the American people in the dark. For now, we will all have to wait and see if Winer shows up to answer to Congress.
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