While Thursday’s testimony by James Comey focused on his private discussions with President Trump, the fired FBI director still faces questions posed months ago over links between the bureau and a British ex-spy’s mysterious – and unverified – anti-Trump dossier.
Comey was asked about the dossier, prepared by former British spy Christopher Steele, early in his testimony on Thursday morning by Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C. But Comey declined to answer in open session, citing concerns about the sensitivity of some of the material in the report.
His decision not to discuss the issue – at least not publicly – is consistent with his response to date. As of Monday, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has “still not received any response” from Comey in the matter of Steele, and his London-based company, Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd. Steele’s firm was hired by Fusion GPS, a Washington, D.C. firm, to collect opposition research on then-candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign.
For months, in hearings and letters, a frustrated Grassley has criticized Comey for the bureau’s failure to provide documents requested and answer questions about Steele. Grassley also called out Fusion this week for allegedly not cooperating with his committee, sending a June 7 letter seeking “all responsive documents and information” by June 14 and warning that he could consider a “compulsory process” if necessary. (Read more from “Comey Refuses to Answer Questions on Topic, Cites Sensitive Information” HERE)