Chairman Nunes is taking drastic action against the salacious and unverified Steele dossier.
He’s now moving into “Phase Two” of his investigation and no one is immune from his questioning, not even Obama!
Nunes is demanding to know if the former president was ever briefed on the dossier and if he knew the document was used to obtain FISA warrants against the Trump campaign.
From The Daily Caller
Nunes is also asking whether the officials took any official action or convened any meetings after receiving the dossier.
The letters also suggest that members of the Obama administration are being pressed for answers. Nunes asks whether President Barack Obama was aware of the dossier prior to Jan. 5, 2017, when he was reportedly briefed by then-FBI Director James Comey about the report. The dossier alleges that Russian government was blackmailing Donald Trump and that members of the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin to sway the election.
Comey briefed then-President-elect Trump on some of the allegations on Jan. 6, 2017. After CNN reported the briefing, BuzzFeed News published the dossier four days later.
Nunes has led the Republican inquiry into the document, which remains largely unverified more than a year after its release. He issued subpoenas in 2017 that led to the revelation the Clinton campaign and DNC paid $1 million to Fusion GPS as part of the dossier project.
Nunes and other House Intelligence Committee Republicans also produced a four-page memo last month that alleged the FBI and Department of Justice relied heavily on the dossier to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Republicans have cried foul over the warrant because the dossier remains largely unverified. Nunes’ memo, which cites the FBI application for the Page FISA, also noted that a Sept. 23, 2016, news article based on information from Steele was used to help justify the spy warrant. But the application failed to note that the article came from the same source of information as the dossier.
The FISA application also failed to note that the Clinton campaign and DNC funded the dossier. Instead, the application only acknowledged that the dossier was a part of politically-motivated research against Trump.