President Donald Trump questioned on Thursday if the Federal Bureau of Investigation was behind an intelligence dossier that alleged ties between Russian Federation and his presidential campaign, gave the federal aid effort for Puerto Rico a "10", and met with Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen as he draws closer to announcing his choice for the central bank's next leader.
"Workers of firm involved with the discredited and Fake Dossier take the 5th", Trump tweeted. Trump's tweeted speculation came a day after two officials with the intelligence firm that commissioned the dossier a year ago appeared before the House Intelligence Committee but invoked their constitutional privilege not to provide testimony. A lawyer for the firm questioned the legitimacy of the committee's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
President Donald Trump on Saturday seemingly downplayed the significance of Russian-bought Facebook ads, which some lawmakers investigating election meddling have said were meant to influence last year's campaign and divide Americans.
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The FBI has also entered the equation by investigating the contents of the dossier, which was published online in January by BuzzFeed News. Steele had been retained by Fusion GPS and was one of the main authors of the original dossier.
Two officials from the firm behind the dossier, Fusion GPS, appeared before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, but answered no questions, and instead invoking their fifth amendment rights against self-incrimination, Bloomberg reports. "We can not in good conscience do anything but advise our clients to stand on their constitutional privileges, the attorney work product doctrine and contractual obligations", wrote Joshua Levy, the head of Fusion GPS' legal team.
Suggesting that a federal intelligence service coordinated with a foreign power to produce a dossier about him is just Trump's latest explosive and unsubstantiated accusation.