House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that the FBI has vowed to hand over documents related to a controversial dossier linking President Donald Trump to Russia, The Hill reports.
“The FBI got in touch with us yesterday afternoon, and they have informed us that they will comply with our document requests, and that they will provide the documents Congress has been asking for by next week. And we expect the FBI to honor that commitment.” Ryan said at his weekly news conference.
House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes in August issued two subpoenas, in an attempt to get the FBI and Justice Department to turn over the documents. He set a Friday deadline for them to comply.
The House Intel Committee has been seeking the documents for months, hoping to learn more about the FBI’s relationship to the dossier’s author, a former British spy named Christopher Steele. The Committee is also probing whether the document was used by federal investigators to bolster their investigations into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.
Earlier this week, several news outlets reported that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund research that eventually led to the Steele dossier, which alleged that there was collaboration between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, The Hill adds.