Well, that’s interesting.
Courtesy of Buzzfeed:
The head of the top congressional committee investigating Russian election interference says that the panel has been in “weekly” contact with lawyers for former British spy Christopher Steele, the author of a dossier alleging years of links between President Donald Trump and the Kremlin.
“We’re still in conversation weekly,” North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, chair of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, told BuzzFeed News. Asked if Steele had provided any information to the committee, Burr said: “That continues to be the topic weekly.”
Burr said in October that the committee had “hit a wall” in its attempts to investigate the dossier’s explosive claims and that efforts to interview Steele had been unsuccessful. BuzzFeed News first published the dossier in January 2017 after security officials had briefed Trump and then-president Barack Obama about it.
Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the committee’s vice chair, said that he was unsure whether the committee was in weekly contact with Steele’s attorneys. “I know that we are in communications and we obviously would like to get that hearing,” he told BuzzFeed News.
Warner said that interviewing the former MI6 agent has been a priority for the committee, which started its investigation in early 2017. “We’ve had that goal obviously from the outset,” he said.
The hold up so far is apparently Christopher Steele, who may not fully trust the Republicans on the committee.
And considering what a shit show the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee “investigation” turned out to be, it’s hard to blame the guy.
Besides, since it is known that Steele has already cooperated fully with the Mueller investigation he simply may not see the point.
However, having said that it is very interesting how hard this committee is working to interview Christopher Steele.
Though it does raise the question as to whether they are working this hard to get to the real truth or to get access to information that the Republicans can then use to undermine Steele and the dossier’s credibility.