House committee gets access to remaining dossier records
Reporting by Catherine Herridge
A source close to the matter tells Fox News that the house intelligence committee investigators got access to the remaining Russia documents during a classified session at the Justice Department Friday. Investigators were allowed to review the records and take notes, but not take copies which is standard in sensitive cases.
These are described as core records about the Russia dossier, and its handling by the FBI, to include witness interview summaries, known in FBI circles as 302s, and 1023s which are for confidential sources or informants. In the dossier case, former British Spy Christopher Steele was a source for the FBI – first relaying some information in July 2016, the same month the Clinton email case closed for the first time, and the Russia Counter Intelligence case opened.
The Justice Department and FBI are on a tight timeline to provide records and witnesses, based on the agreement reached between Republican chairman Devin Nunes and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The committee is in the process of scheduling 8 witnesses including demoted FBI agent Peter Strzok, re-assigned FBI lawyer Lisa Page with whom he was having an extramarital affair, FBI Attorney Sally Moyer who worked the Russia issue, former FBI General Counsel James Baker, FBI Special Agent and chief of staff James Rybicki; FBI Congressional Liaison Greg Brower who can explain who or what created the roadblocks for compliance, FBI Assistant Director for counter intelligence Bill Priestap who former Director Comey testified instructed him not to brief the Gang of Eight on the Russia case during the 2016 election, citing its sensitivity. And on the DOJ side, Jake Gibson reports DOJ official Bruce Ohr is scheduled for January 17 – closed session.
Separately, the source said TD bank had the Fusion GPS bank records “primed” to go once the court decision was made, and the committee got access to the records Friday, making any appeal by Fusion GPS moot.
At issue are 70 transactions, over a two year period, covering clients, journalists, two media organizations and researchers. In his ruling, Judge Leon wrote about Fusion’s Russian work and the overlap between the dossier, and Fusion’s efforts to undermine the Magnitsky Act. “Together, these reports confirmed that various law firms and businesses had retained Fusion on behalf of their clients to perform Russia-related work, thus triggering the Committee’s investigative interest in identifying other businesses that sought Fusion’s services during the same relevant period.”