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Disgruntled Democrat Cites Debunked Trump Dossier During Congressional Hearing

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) chose to focus on a dossier regarding President Trump’s ties to Russia during a House Select Intelligence Committee on Monday. The dossier in question was first published by BuzzFeed News and has been widely debunked since its publication.

“I want to turn to the Christopher Steele dossier, first mentioned in the media just before the election and published in full by media outlets in January. My focus today is to explore how many claims within the dossier are looking more and more likely as though they were accurate,” Castro told the committee.

FBI Director James Comey, however, refused to comment on the questionable dossier, so Castro elected to continue to ask questions about the dossier in an apparent attempt to give the report credibility.

NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers and Comey did comment on Castro’s questions that did not directly deal with the dossier, however.

During the 2016 presidential election, Castro served as a surrogate for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and Castro’s brother, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, was mentioned as a possible Cabinet nominee if Clinton had been elected.

The Castro family lost a lot of influence when Hillary Clinton lost the election, and it appears that Rep. Joaquin Castro wanted to use the House Select Intelligence Committee hearing as a forum to promote a highly questionable report in an attempt to get even with President Trump.