Devin Nunes’ antics may have the House Intelligence Committee frozen, but over in the Senate they’re having discussions with a very special guest.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is in talks to interview Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence operative who compiled the dossier that alleges a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, three sources with direct knowledge told NBC News

Steele seems less than enthusiastic about making an appearance, not because he’s ashamed of his methodology in compiling the list of Trump … activities, but because of concerns over his own safety. With prominent Russian officials dropping like flies, it’s safe to assume that "safe” can’t be assumed. Polonium allergies seem to be universal and safety worries seem to be the primary reason previous attempts to bring Steele in for chats with the FBI have failed.

But while they’re waiting for the ex-spy to come in from the cold, the Senate committee is making a few marks on their dance card.

Two Congressional officials told NBC News that the Senate Intelligence Committee has not yet reached an agreement on how and when to interview the Trump associates who have volunteered to testify, including Paul Manafort, Carter Page and Roger Stone. 

As much fun as it would be to see this crew squirming under hard questioning, it still will lack the punch of a session with the author of Trump’s dossier.

Tell me, Mr. Steele, this “golden shower” that Trump bought in Moscow. Now, is that a plumbing fixture? No? Please explain.