Sen. Ron Johnson Makes Major Accusation Against Gary Peters Involving Subpoena For Ex-Diplomat With Ties To Christopher Steele
(Tea Party 247) – On Thursday, Sen. Ron Johnson made a pretty big accusation against his Democratic counterpart, saying he’s trying to “undermine” efforts underway to subpoena a former State Department official who is linked to the dossier created by Christopher Steele.
Johnson, who is the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, stated on Twitter that Democrat Sen. Gary Peters was using “absurd process arguments to delay or derail” a subpoena for former State Department official Jonathan Winer.
Here’s more on this from the Daily Caller:
In a tweet, the Wisconsin Republican linked to a Daily Caller News Foundation report that Winer destroyed reports he received from dossier author Christopher Steele in January 2017.
.@SenGaryPeters is again trying to undermine my investigation with absurd process arguments to delay or derail our subpoena of fmr @StateDept official Jonathan Winer, who destroyed his correspondence w/Chris Steele. What is Sen. Peters afraid we'll learn? https://t.co/bEQoD2Y1Bx
— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) August 20, 2020
The Senate committee voted along party lines on June 4 to grant Johnson broad authority to issue subpoenas for investigations that Republicans are conducting into Crossfire Hurricane, “unmasking” requests against Trump associates, and Hunter Biden’s work in Ukraine.
Johnson said last week that he intended to subpoena Winer to appear for a deposition about his role in handling the dossier. Johnson issued a subpoena to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Aug. 6 for records related to Crossfire Hurricane, the counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign.
Peters’ office did not respond to a request for comment about Johnson’s claims that he is stonewalling the subpoena for Winer. A source familiar with the matter told The Daily Caller News Foundation that the Democrat is demanding that the full committee hold votes for individual subpoenas.
Peters and other Senate Democrats have criticized Johnson’s investigation, saying that it is intended to provide political cover for President Trump.
Winer, who served as special envoy to Libya through early 2017, was Steele’s main point of contact to the State Department. From 2014 to 2016, Steele provided Winer with more than 100 intelligence reports about issues in Russia and Ukraine.
Back in the Summer of 2016, Steele briefed Winer about an investigation into Trump that he was doing on the behalf of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Winer went on to provide a memo of the information from Steele to other individuals working within the State Department. The information was then passed along to Secretary of State John Kerry. Winer had worked with Kerry in different roles over the years. Winer then became a background source for two articles published before the election that were based largely on the information contained in the Steele dossier that had to do with alleged connections between Trump and Russia.
Winer arranged for Steele to meet with State Department official Kathleen Kavelec on Oct. 11, 2016.
According to a Senate Intelligence Committee report released on Tuesday, Winer denied in his first interview with the panel that he arranged Steele’s State Department meeting. Winer changed his answer in a follow-up interview after he was presented visitor logs at the State Department which showed he signed Steele into the agency’s headquarters, the report said.
Winer also told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he destroyed reports in January 2017 that he received from Steele after the former spy requested he do so.
The folks who have been working within our government to try and undermine the will of the people need to be held accountable for their corruption. It needs to happen now. There’s never been a more important time to drain the swamp than 2020.