An Investigative Reporter Explains Why The Trump-Russia Dossier Is Not ‘Fake News’
The FBI knew that the main source &# 171; Steele’s dossier&# 187; suspected of having links with Russian intelligence
The main source of information on the basis of which the scandalous dossier with incriminating evidence on Trump and his campaign headquarters was created, most likely, was a Russian agent – this is evidenced by documents declassified by the Ministry of Justice and the FBI.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsay Graham released on Thursday a letter from Attorney General William Barr and declassified Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) documents, which indicate that the main source of the scandalous dossier of Christopher Steele, on the basis of which the FBI launched an investigation into possible ties of Donald Trump’s headquarters with Moscow – was, most likely, a Russian agent, whose actions more than 10 years ago were at the center of the FBI counterintelligence investigation.
The so-called Steele dossier, written by former MI6 intelligence officer Christopher Steele from June to December 2016, contained allegations of Trump’s lewd behavior and collusion and collaboration between Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 elections. of the year. The information contained in this dossier served, among other things, the basis for the investigation in the House of Representatives, which led to the impeachment of Trump..
Following Graham’s inquiry, the Justice Department declassified a portion of Inspector General Horowitz’s report, which states that the main source providing information to Christopher Steele for the dossier “was the subject of an FBI counterintelligence investigation from 2009 to 2011 that assessed him / her documented contacts with people suspected of working for Russian intelligence “.
“For me, the FBI’s refusal to inform the court that the main source [of Steele’s dossier] – a suspected Russian agent, is in violation of all law enforcement duties to the judicial system,” Graham said in a statement..
A FBI report provided to the committee reveals that the FBI team investigating possible ties between Trump’s headquarters and Russia learned of the fact in December 2016. However, the investigators did not inform the Foreign Intelligence Oversight Court (FISA) about this. What’s more, investigators have filed three requests with the court to issue surveillance warrants for Trump’s aide Carter Page, using Steele’s file as the basis for continuing the investigation..
Declassified documents say that in December 2016, FBI officers investigating a possible connection between Trump’s headquarters and Moscow learned that Steele’s main source of information was a person who may “pose a threat to national security.”.
In May 2009, the FBI learned that a Steele source was trying to recruit two people associated with a powerful foreign policy adviser in the Obama administration. The source suggested that these people “get jobs in the government and access to classified information”, as well as earn “some money.” Steele’s source stated that he “knows some people with whom they could talk.”.
According to the FBI, in 2006, Steele’s informant “was in contact with the Russian embassy and prominent Russian intelligence agents [including a prominent Russian intelligence officer].”.
One person with whom the FBI agents spoke noted that “[Steel’s] main source was keenly interested in information about a certain warship.”.
At the same time, the protocol on the closure of the investigation in relation to the source states that it is necessary to reopen the investigation if this person returns to the United States..
Senator Graham promised to send the information he received to the Foreign Intelligence Oversight Court “to inform him of how widespread and profound the efforts were to cover up information to justify” Carter Page, suspected of having ties to Russia..
“A small group of individuals in the Department of Justice and the FBI should be held accountable for this fraud before the courts. I don’t believe they represent the overwhelming majority of patriotic men and women working for the Justice Department and the FBI, “Graham said..
“This is amazing – the only person who became the source of information for the Russian dossier of Christopher Steele, which the FBI used four times to obtain a warrant to spy on Carter Page, was suspected of working as a Russian agent many years before the preparation of the dossier,” writes the senator.
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