An associate of Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain has cited his Fifth Amendment rights in refusing to appear before the House Intelligence Committee in its probe of the unverified Russian dossier containing negative information on President Donald Trump, according to news reports Thursday.
David Kramer, a former State Department official who now is senior director of the nonprofit McCain Institute, invoked the Fifth in not answering a subpoena the committee issued in December, Fox News reports.
Kramer visited London in November 2016, also meeting with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who researched the dossier.
Federal court filings disclosed that Kramer met with Steele at McCain's request to view "the pre-election memoranda on a confidential basis," Fox reports.
Upon returning to the U.S., Kramer gave the dossier to McCain, who then provided it to the FBI.
Fusion GPS, the Washington-based opposition research firm, prepared the dossier, which was in part financed by Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign.
Trump has slammed the unsubstantiated document as "fake."
Kramer's visit was of particular concern to Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, the California Republican, Fox reports.
The committee interviewed Kramer last month before issuing its subpoena.
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