House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) traveled to London earlier this month in an attempt to meet with British intelligence agencies, seeking information about former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, the author of the so-called “Steele Dossier,” the Atlantic reported Tuesday.
Two unnamed people familiar with Nunes’ trip confirmed it to The Atlantic. Nunes, according to the report, sought meetings with the heads of three British agencies, MI5, MI6 and GCHQ. Those meetings never happened, though Nunes did meet with the UK’s deputy national security adviser, Madeleine Alessandri.
Among other things, the Atlantic’s sources said, Nunes sought information on “Steele’s own service record and whether British authorities had known about his repeated contact with a U.S. Justice Department official named Bruce Ohr,” in the magazine’s words.
Reuters, citing two unnamed people familiar with Nunes’ itinerary, subsequently confirmed much of the Atlantic’s reporting.
The Atlantic and Reuters noted that, last year, two Nunes aides traveled to London in an unsuccessful attempt to question Steele in person.
Read The Atlantic’s full report here.