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House Intel leaked sensitive Russia testimony to Trump’s longtime personal lawyer

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President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen reportedly received information from people within the House Intelligence Committee.

The Daily Beast reported Tuesday that Cohen, the lawyer at the heart of the Trump-Stormy Daniels debacle who was named in the Fusion GPS dossier, had attained information that had only been revealed in closed-door testimony.

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David Kramer, a former staffer for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) involved in the dossier’s initial release to the FBI, testified before the committee in late December about the salacious document. Days later, his lawyer received a call from a man named Stephen Ryan, Cohen’s representative attorney.

Ryan informed Kramer’s lawyer, Larry Robbins, that he’d heard the dossier contained information that could help Cohen — and asked if he’d be willing to share that information with him. Robbins chose not to, prompting Cohen’s lawyer to ask him not to tell the committee about the call.

“Robbins told the committee anyway,” the Beast reported, noting that soon after, “CNN reported in February that Robbins wrote a letter to the committee complaining about leaks to another client’s lawyer.”

That lawyer, their report confirms, was one that represented Cohen.

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The dossier is a cornerstone of an argument by GOP members of the House Intelligence Committee claiming there were abuses that took place in the process of obtaining warrants to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, who had been under FBI watch since at least 2014 for his ties to Russia. Republicans on the committee, which is led by White House ally Devin Nunes (R-CA), wrote and pushed the release of a partisan memo last month claiming the FBI primarily used the dossier to obtain Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants for Page while he worked for the Trump campaign.

Written by former British spy Christopher Steele, the dossier alleges, among other claims, that Cohen was instrumental in ultimately unsuccessful plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow that coincided with the president’s campaign in 2015 and 2016. The dossier also reportedly details collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

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