Many of the individuals listed include those with direct ties to Christopher Steele or belonged to the nest of British intelligence/Obama operatives deployed to advance the “Russia collusion” hoax. These include Elizabeth Dibble, former deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in London, Victoria Nuland, former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, and State Department official Jonathan Winer, who met Steele in the summer of 2016, and then provided the State Department with a two-page summary of Steele’s dirty dossier. Winer also met with at least two reporters to feed them information prior to the November 2016 election. Nuland approved a July 2016 meeting between an FBI legal attaché and Steele, who had otherwise provided her with many reports on Ukraine while she was orchestrating the coup against the elected government in Kiev.
According to the Daily Caller, citing the Wall Street Journal, it was Dibble who received information about the May 2016 meeting between Trump aide George Papadopoulos and Australian intelligence operative Alexander Downer, which reportedly sparked the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign. In that meeting, the inebriated Papadopoulos told Downer the Russian government had damaging information on Hillary Clinton, which Downer passed on to Dibble.
Nunes recommends that the task force consider interviewing these individuals “in an open setting,” but last night on Fox’s Laura Ingraham show, he emphasized that they can be compelled to testify. “This isn’t going to be like the documents, where we’ve had to continue to fight with the Justice Department in order to have access to documents. This is much different.... They will, if they do not agree to appear under oath, and testify, then they will be subpoenaed. That I could tell you for sure.”
U.S. Lawmakers Promote Good Will in Russia, Optimistic About Trump-Putin Summit
July 3, 2018 (EIRNS)—A delegation of Republican lawmakers is on a six-day trip to Russia from June 30-July 5. They were in St. Petersburg and took the high-speed train Sapsan, arriving in Moscow on Monday night, July 2.
In St. Petersburg the delegation met with the city’s Gov. Georgy Poltavchenko. At the beginning of the meeting, delegation leader Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) spoke about a necessity for improvement of relations between Russia and the U.S. and expressed the hope the Russian-American summit would facilitate the rectification of relationship. Later in Moscow, speaking with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Sen. Shelby elaborated, expressing the hope that “coming out of the Putin-Trump meeting in Helsinki will be the beginning maybe of a new day....We recognize that the world is better off, I believe, if Russia and the U.S. have fewer tensions, get along a little better, maybe put aside some differences....There are some common interests around the world that we can hopefully work on together.”
In St. Petersburg, the delegation also visited the State Hermitage Museum where they were received by the museum’s Director General Dr. Mikhail Piotrovsky. The Hermitage Museum press service reported that, Dr. Piotrovsky stressed the particular role the Hermitage Museum plays as a universal and encyclopedic museum center, and that “this encyclopedia was written in the Russian language and it tells the story of Russia’s statehood.”
In Moscow they met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and their fellow-lawmakers from the bicameral Federal Assembly, including State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin and Chairman of the Federation Council Committee for Foreign Affairs Sen. Konstantin Kosachev on July 3.
Speaking with the U.S. lawmakers Foreign Minister Lavrov said “I hope the visit will symbolize the restoration of ties between the parliaments. The parliamentarians are people’s representatives, they reflect the nation’s sentiment.”
He went on, “I think the resumption of the inter-parliamentary dialogue is very timely in the run-up to the Helsinki meeting between the two presidents due in two weeks.”
This is the first major visit of U.S. lawmakers to Russia in 10 years.
Speaker Volodin said, during his meeting with the delegation that this was the first U.S. Congressional delegation to visit the State Duma in a number of years, and “therefore, we have a lot of issues to talk about, considering that our relations within the parliamentary dimension have practically been reduced to zero. ...We proceed from the assumption that you initiated this meeting,”
the speaker went on to say. “In light of that, I want to emphasize your role. I believe it will also be appropriate to emphasize the role of Mr. [Jon] Huntsman, the U.S. Ambassador to Russia,” he observed. “As far as I know, the inter-parliamentary dialogue was his initiative.”