Publicly, Nunes has claimed it was the Steele dossier that initiated the FBI Russia investigation. However, in the dossier, Nunes admits that it was George Papadopoulos who triggered the investigation. Papadopoulos has already pleaded guilty for lying to the FBI.
The FBI's counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump campaign officials had improper contacts with Russia was triggered by information the bureau obtained about George Papadopoulos, a former adviser to the campaign, according to the memo released Friday by House Intelligence Committee Republicans.
American officials were warned about Papadopoulos after he told an Australian diplomat that the Russians had damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
But the memo states that FBI agent Pete Strzok opened the investigation in July 2016 based on "information" about Papadapoulos, rather than the dossier. The New York Times has previously reported that Papadapoulos bragged to an Australian diplomat that the Russians had damaging information on Clinton before the hack of the DNC became publicly known. The Australian government tipped off the FBI to what Papadapoulos had said, according to the Times.