Thanks to well-timed silence and leaks, considerable attention has been paid to Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller and his investigation.
Meanwhile, a more under-the-radar investigation has yielded greater fruit. The House Intelligence Committee and Chairman Devin Nunes quickly unraveled the unmasking of American citizens by intelligence agencies — including Trump transition officials.
Now, the committee has turned its focus to the overhyped, heavily discredited Russia dossier compiled by opposition research firm Fusion GPS.
A recent column at the Wall Street Journal by William McGurn breaks down just how critical the Nunes-led investigation into Fusion GPS has become.
“Unlike the special prosecutor, Mr. Nunes has unearthed hard evidence about both Russian influence on the election and domestic spying on Trump campaign officials. And if the committee gets the documents it has been demanding for months about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s handling of the salacious Christopher Steele dossier, this week may end even more explosively than it’s begun,” McGurn wrote in his column.
What we know:
- After its founders pleaded the Fifth during committee hearings, the House Intel Committee subpoenaed the Fusion GPS’ bank records.
- The subpoena forced the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee to admit that they had, in fact, funded the report (despite previous denials).
- The dossier relied on paid Russian informants, who are known (even to Clinton National Security advisors) to hit up researchers and operatives for multiple debriefings in the hopes of additional paychecks.
That, with other key details found here.
What Nunes & the House Intel Committee are waiting on:
- Did the FBI rely on the dossier to spy on Trump campaign officials?
- If so, did the FBI verify the otherwise suspect Russian-handled information provided by Fusion GPS?
With FBI documents seemingly on the way to the Intelligence Committee, these two bombshell questions may soon be answered.