House Republicans expand anti-Trump dossier probe to include former Biden deputy chief of staff

With House Republicans casting a sharp eye for bias in the anti-Trump dossier, a former staffer for Vice President Joe Biden officially became a part of the probe.

Biden’s former deputy chief of staff and communications director, who went on to serve as a senior adviser to former President Obama, was sent a questionnaire Friday, Chief Intelligence correspondent for Fox News Channel Catherine Herridge reported.

Shailagh Murray, whose husband works for opposition research firm Fusion GPS, was sent a questionnaire from Republican Chairman Devin Nunes of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, asking when she learned that the dossier was funded by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign.

According to Herridge’s report:

The intelligence committee is seeking information about the dossier, which contains what former FBI Director James Comey described as “salacious and unverified” claims about President Trump’s activities in Russia prior to his election. The committee last month released a memo summarizing findings in its initial investigation into the dossier, which it determined became the basis for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant to spy on Trump associate Carter Page despite its dubious origin.

The questionnaires are apparently part of “Phase II” of the committee’s probe. The panel, chaired by Nunes, has already fired off similar questionnaires to more than a dozen of current and former officials — including Comey — asking when they learned about the dossier’s political roots, and what, if any, official actions they took. Most have responded, with a handful requesting additional time.

 

Murray’s online profile with the University of Chicago Institute of Politics reveals she worked as a foreign correspondent, and national political reporter for The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post before joining the Obama administration in 2011.

Her husband, Neil King Jr., left The Wall Street Journal to work for Fusion GPS according to the Columbia Journalism Review, Fox News reported.

Nunes’ questionnaire includes a dozen questions about the dossier and the California Republican has threatened to issue subpoenas if answers are not forthcoming.

“If you do not provide timely answers on a voluntary basis, the Committee will initiate compulsory process,” he wrote, according to Fox News.

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