House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told reporters Thursday that the FBI has pledged to hand over documents Congress has been seeking, related to the discredited dossier regarding President Donald J. Trump’s links to Russia. Ryan said they should have the documents by next week.
According to The Hill: The House Intelligence Committee has been seeking the documents for months, hoping to learn more about the bureau’s relationship to the dossier’s author, a former British spy named Christopher Steele, and whether the document was used by federal investigators to bolster their probe into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.
Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) in August had issued two subpoenas to compel the FBI and Justice Department to turn over the documents. He set a Friday deadline for them to comply.
Speaking to reporters, Ryan said: “The FBI got in touch with us yesterday afternoon, and they have informed us that they will comply with our document requests and that they will provide the documents Congress has been asking for by next week.”
He said Congress expects the FBI “to honor that commitment.”
Earlier this week, DML News reported that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) helped fund research for the dossier. Marc E. Elias, a Clinton-campaign and DNC lawyer, reportedly retained the research services of the Washington firm at the center of the controversy: Fusion GPS.
Fusion GPS, in turn, hired dossier author Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community. Fusion GPS gave Steele’s reports and other research documents to Elias.
The 35-page dossier made brazen claims related to Trump, including allegations that he was involved with prostitutes and that Russian agents were helping his campaign.
As to why Congress is interested in the FBI’s information, Ryan says the legislative branch is constitutionally obligated to conduct oversight of the executive branch, and that transparency is necessary to achieve that oversight.
“The point of these investigations is to find the truth, and to make sure if laws are violated or mistakes are made, they’re not made again, and transparency is what gets you that.”
Hear Speaker Paul Ryan’s comments about the FBI’s release of information in the video below: