Once again flouting his self-imposed recusal, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) has issued a subpoena for an associate of Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) with connections to the infamous “golden showers” dossier.
As the Washington Examiner reported Wednesday, Nunes subpoenaed former State Department official David Kramer who traveled to the United Kingdom in late November 2016 “to receive a briefing and a copy of the Trump dossier” from British spy Christopher Steele.
According to the report, Kramer returned from the visit to give the dossier to McCain, who then alerted then-FBI Director James Comey, who was already aware of its existence.
“Kramer is a senior fellow at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University,” the report notes.
During his House Intelligence Committee hearing on December 19, Kramer said “he knew the identities of the Russian sources for the allegations in Steele’s dossier,” but refused to give them up. Nunes’ subpoena stems from that denial.
Though the knowledge of Steele’s sources for the dossier are a matter of interest to Republicans and Democrats alike, Nunes has made repeated overtures to discredit and investigate the dossier and the company that published it, Fusion GPS. He’s been accused of working with the White House to obstruct investigations into Russia’s electoral interference, and before reaching a confidential agreement in October, appeared to be using his power to directly attack Fusion GPS.
Nunes has most recently been accused of trying to investigate the FBI and the Department of Justice, a favorite topic of President Donald Trump‘s in recent weeks.