(National Sentinel)Â NOversight: During testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein refused to answer a congressman’s direct question as to whether the FBI helped pay for the now-infamous “Trump dossier.”
In response to the question from Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., Rosenstein suggested he knew the answer but would not say for certain.
â€œDid the FBI pay for the dossier?â€ DeSantis asked.
â€œIâ€™m not in a position to answer that question,â€ Rosenstein responded.
â€œDo you know the answer to the question?â€ the Republican DeSantis followed up.
â€œI believe I know the answer, but the Intelligence Committee is the appropriate committeeâ€¦â€ Rosenstein began.
That led DeSantis to interject that his panel “had every right to the information” about payments related to the dossier, especially since the Judiciary Committee has oversight over the Department of Justice, which the FBI falls under.
Congressional Republicans have long sought information about who created and helped finance the dossier.
Earlier reports have noted that the Democratic National Committee and the campaign of Hillary Clinton helped finance at least some of it.
The dossier was compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele. Earlier this year reports noted that “Steele and the FBI struck an informal agreement that he would be paid to continue his investigation into Trumpâ€™s ties to Russia,” The Daily CallerÂ reported.
“It has been reported that Steele was never paid for his work, though the FBI and DOJ have not publicly disclosed those details.”
Earlier as well,Â CNN reported that Steele was compensated at least partially for his work investigating Trump.
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