Republican Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan told The Daily Caller News Foundation Friday that there are still too many unanswered critical questions about how the FBI obtained the now-famous Russian dossier that’s at the center of the investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election.
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes sent letters Tuesday to more than a dozen former and current U.S. officials, requesting more information about their knowledge of the dossier. Jordan said that letter is the crucial next step for Republicans in their quest to uncover both the origins of the dossier and the means by which the FBI got its hands on the document.
“Well, the Chairman Nunes letter. Those are critical questions, like who did you get the information about the dossier from? Who did you share it with? Where did you get it? When did you frist—we don’t even know when we first got the dossier. I mean, the FBI was getting installments from Steele, but when did we get the entire document? Did it come from Steele? Did it come from the Clinton campaign? Did it come from Fusion? Did it come from John McCain’s staffer,” Jordan told TheDCNF.
“I mean, we don’t technically know all of that. That is important. Those two dozen people who got that letter and those key questions I think are critical.”
Jordan wasn’t clear about who Nunes sent the letters to but said they went to the “usual suspects.”
Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray earlier in February at a Senate hearing, asking the director whether or not former British spy Christopher Steele was working with a Russian oligarch named Oleg Deripaska when he created the dossier. Wray said he could not answer the question publicly.
Jordan mentioned that exchanged during his interview with TheDCNF.
“The other important news last week was watch what Sen. Cotton asked Wray. Was Steele being employed by paid by this Russian oligarch? The answer was interesting,” Jordan told TheDCNF.
“We don’t know if he was getting paid by this oligarch. Stop and think. So the guy who put together this dossier, that was taken to a secret court, that was given a secret warrant to spy on someone associated with the Trump campaign—a fellow American citizen. That dossier was paid for by Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee and maybe a Russian oligarch? You’ve got to be kidding me. So that is why we have to get to the bottom of all of this and keep pushing,” Jordan said.
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