David Kramer, a former State Department official and associate of Sen. John McCain used his fifth amendment right to avoid testifying before the House Intelligence Committee about the Trump dossier’s Russian sources, according to a new report, reports The Washington Examiner.
Kramer was interviewed by the committee in December and signaled he had details concerning sources used in the dossier, to which he was then served a subpoena.
However, Kramer exerted his Fifth Amendment rights and did not meet with the committee, a law enforcement source told Fox News.
Kramer traveled to London in November 2016 where he received a copy of the Trump dossier that was written by the ex-British spy Christopher Steele. When Kramer returned to the U.S. he gave the document to McCain and later to the FBI’s director at the time, James Comey.
The FBI had already received a copy from Steele, who reportedly had sent the agency the dossier in installments starting in July 2016.
As most know by now, Steele was hired by the firm Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm who was retained by lawyer Mark Elias. Elias represents the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Essentially Clinton and the DNC hired Steele to create this bogus dossier on Trump and his so-called “collusion” with Russia.
Some aspects of the dossier, like communications between foreign nationals, have been confirmed to be true, but the majority of the scandalous allegations trying Trump to the Russian government have not been verified.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have requested the Justice Department to criminally investigate Steele to determine if he was misleading about how the dossier was distributed and his contact with media.
This could be a rough revelation for RINO John McCain who is already in hot waters with Republicans after stopping efforts to reform health care and being generally critical of President Trump.