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CNN: Devin Nunes Subpoenas Russia Dossier Firm

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By    |   Tuesday, 10 October 2017 06:39 PM

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has subpoenaed the co-founder of a Washington opposition research firm that produced an unsubstantiated dossier on President Donald Trump in the panel's probe into alleged Russian meddling, CNN reported Tuesday.

The report was based on "sources briefed on the matter."

Nunes, the California Republican who recused himself from the committee's investigation in April, signed the subpoenas to Fusion GPS last Wednesday, CNN reported.

The congressman demanded in the subpoenas documents and testimony later this month and early November, according to CNN.

Glenn Simpson co-founded Fusion in 2011. The firm hired Christopher Steele, a former British spy, to complete the dossier last year.

Joshua Levy, the firm's attorney, said that Simpson was already interview for 10 hours by the Senate Judiciary Committee, telling CNN Tuesday that Nunes could review that testimony before issuing new subpoenas.

"This is a blatant attempt to undermine the reporting of the so-called 'dossier,' even as its core conclusion of a broad campaign by the Russian government to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election has been confirmed by the U.S. intelligence community and is now widely accepted as fact," Levy told CNN.

"Rep. Nunes recused himself, but now appears to be running a parallel investigation outside of the official [House Intelligence] investigation run by [Texas Rep. Mike] Conaway and [California Rep. Adam] Schiff.

"His actions undermine the House, its investigation and the public's ability to learn the truth," Levy said. "As we evaluate these subpoenas, we have serious concerns about their legitimacy."

Nunes recused himself amid a controversy over his charges about unmasking.

He designated Conaway, the No. 2 Republican on the Intelligence Committee, to oversee the investigation. Schiff is the panel's top Democrat.

However, "a source familiar with the matter told CNN that all Russia-related subpoenas have been approved by Conaway," the network reported.

A Conaway spokeswoman declined to comment.

CNN asked Nunes on Monday why he issued the new subpoenas.

"You can ask, but you're not going to get a response," he responded.

Democrats attacked the latest subpoenas, CNN reported.

"The subpoenas were issued unilaterally by the majority, without the minority's agreement and despite good faith engagement thus far by the witnesses on the potential terms for voluntary cooperation," a Democratic committee source told CNN.

"He's not in any way, shape or form working on the investigation," another Democratic committee member said, referring to Nunes.

"He's sitting outside the investigation and pushing it in a political direction."

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has subpoenaed the co-founder of a Washington opposition research firm that produced an unsubstantiated dossier on President Donald Trump in the panel's probe into alleged Russian meddling, CNN reported Tuesday.
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