The U.S. House Intelligence Committee has issued subpoenas for documents related to a dossier that claimed Russia collected compromising information about U.S. President Donald Trump, the panel's top Democrat said on September 5.
Representative Adam Schiff told MSNBC in an interview that he and other committee Democrats had objected to the subpoenas, which he said Republicans had issued in an attempt to discredit the dossier's author, former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.
The Associated Press reported that the committee subpoenaed the Justice Department and the FBI and gave them a September 14 deadline for producing the material.
The Republicans, who have a majority on all Congressional committees, have said they want to know how the dossier came into being and whether it was created to sabotage Trump during last year's presidential campaign.
The dossier was funded by a group that conducted political opposition research on Trump during the 2016 campaign and included wide-ranging and sometimes salacious allegations about Trump.
The House intelligence panel is one of several congressional committees that are investigating allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and possible cooperation between Moscow and the Trump campaign.
Russia denies meddling in the election and Trump denies any cooperation.
Based on reporting by AP and Reuters