British Intelligence Agencies Rebuff Devin Nunes During London Visit To Investigate Christopher Steele
Chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee and strong supporter of President Donald Trump, Devin Nunes, was shunned by three British intelligence agencies after seeking a meeting, The Atlantic reported.
Nunes requested meetings with the heads of the MI5, MI6 and the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) to get information about Christopher Steele, the ex-M16 spy responsible for the dossier alleging a conspiracy between Trump and Moscow officials prior to the 2016 election.
It was reported that “representatives of the British agencies initially considered meeting with Nunes during the trip which took place in recent weeks, but that scheduling difficulties made it impossible.”
A U.K. security official, speaking on background, said “it is normal for U.K. intelligence agencies to have meetings with the chairman and members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
“Those meetings did not pan out,” The Atlantic reported. “The people familiar with his trip [said] that officials at MI6, MI5, and GCHQ were wary of entertaining Nunes out of fear that he was ‘trying to stir up a controversy.’ ” Nunes instead met with Madeleine Alessandri, the deputy national security adviser for Theresa May.
He was also reported as wanting information regarding whether Britain’s intel agencies were aware of his assembling the dossier prior to it being made public, and anything related to meetings with U.S. Justice Department official Bruce Ohr.
Ohr has worked on a variety of issues in his 30 years at the DOJ, including Russian organized crime, and has known Steele for more than a decade. His wife worked for Fusion GPS, the firm that hired Steele to prepare the dossier. Ohr is also on the list of current and former U.S. intelligence officials whose security clearances Trump has threatened to revoke. Trump tweeted last week that he hopes Ohr will get fired.
This isn’t the first time Nunes has gone after Steele. Last summer, two of his aides traveled to London without the U.S. Embassy or British government’s approval in an attempt to speak with Steel. The aides were subsequently turned away by Steele’s lawyer