They assert that there is still ample evidence that the FBI relied on the dossier for its investigation. They also question why, after the FBI/DOJ have dodged questions about the dossier for nearly a year, U.S. government officials have just now started leaking information that downplays the document’s significance to the Russia inquiry.

“It’s too convenient,” Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, a Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee, told The Daily Caller of the Times’ article.

“The Democrats touted the Steele dossier’s conspiracy theories all year. But now, with the dossier’s credibility in tatters, they’re suddenly claiming that it was a totally irrelevant document all along,” another source familiar with the congressional Russia investigations told TheDC.