The Wall Street Journal is reporting House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-WI1, announced today that the FBI will hand over the documents they have regarding the dossier alleging ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. The newspaper reported:
Speaking to reporters at the Capitol, Mr. Ryan said that the FBI had agreed to provide documents long-sought by Congress surrounding a 35-page research document containing unverified allegations about Mr. Trump’s ties to Russia.
“The point of these investigations is to find the truth and to make sure if laws were violated or mistakes were made, they’re not made again. And transparency is what gets you that,” Mr. Ryan said.
“The FBI got in touch with us yesterday afternoon. They have informed us that they will comply with our document requests and they will provide the documents that Congress has been asking for by next week. And we expect the FBI to honor that commitment,” Mr. Ryan said.
The research in the dossier, largely discredited, was created by a British ex-spy working for Fusion GPS. It was funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee through Marc Elias with the law firm Perkins Coie. The FBI also funded Fusion GPS’ work after the election.
The scandal has touched three Wisconsin Democrats running for office in 2018. Elias was Senator Tammy Baldwin’s “fixer” for the Tomah VA scandal. State Supreme Court candidate Tim Burns and Democratic candidate for attorney general Josh Kaul are both attorneys with Perkins Coie. Baldwin’s Washington DC office and the campaigns of Burns and Kaul did not call back when asked for comment on Wednesday.