Rather Than Testify, McCain Associate Invokes Fifth Amendment Regarding Trump-Russia Dossier

This will set some tongues wagging.

The House Intelligence Committee, led by Chairman Devin Nunes, have set their sights on Senator John McCain, or more specifically, on an associate of McCain’s, by the name of David Kramer.


Kramer is a former State Department official and now serves as senior director of the non-profit McCain Institute. He was issued a subpoena to appear before House Intel in December.

Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) had wanted to speak with Kramer about his visit to London in November 2016, during which he met with the author of the dossier, former British spy Christopher Steele. According to court filings, he met with Steele at McCain’s request, to view “the pre-election memoranda on a confidential basis.”

Kramer then traveled back to the U.S. and gave copies of the memos to McCain, who then turned the documents over to the FBI.

He spoke with committee in January, and whatever he said apparently piqued their interest. At least, enough so that they issued the subpoena.

Republicans want to know if the document was used as the basis for a surveillance warrant on any members of the Trump campaign.

However, Democrats want to know if the salacious claims about Trump in the dossier, which connect him to Russia, are true.


Kramer, however, may not be as anxious to speak to the committee as they are to speak with him. He has invoked his Fifth Amendment, in order to not speak to them again.

What is common knowledge, so far, is that McCain viewed the dossier before turning it over to the FBI. What we don’t know is what the House Intelligence Committee thinks Kramer can add.

Perhaps they want to talk specifically about his meeting with Steele.

Whatever the case, those who see conspiracies and funny business behind every door will certainly find this one shady.


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