By Jon Dougherty @TheNatSent
(TNS) Newly declassified footnotes from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s December report detailing the abuses of the FISA court by the FBI show that senior Obama administration officials knew, without question, that the “Steele dossier” was a complete fabrication.
What’s more, they knew the fabricated document was created specifically to use as a phone ‘intelligence’ document to target the 2016 campaign of Donald Trump, and then to undermine him after he was inaugurated.
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Furthermore, as Sara A. Carter reported, senior Obama administration officials knew the dossier was garbage when they included it in the Obama administration’s Intelligence Communities Assessment (ICA) read out to Trump in the weeks before he was sworn in.
As important, the footnotes reveal that there had been a request to validate information collected by British spy Christopher Steele as far back as 2015, and that there was concern among members of the FBI and intelligence community about his reliability. Those concerns were brushed aside by members of the Crossfire Hurricane team in their pursuit against the Trump campaign officials, according to sources who spoke to this reporter and the footnotes.
Translation: There were some people within the Intelligence Community and the FBI who were trying to do the right thing but they were ignored by partisan hacks within the bureau and the Deep State who had already decided that Trump was just a carnival barker who had no business being president, regardless of what the American people said.
The footnotes were reviewed and partially declassified Wednesday by acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell after he consulted with Attorney General William Barr, Carter reported.
Grenell then sent the footnotes to the two U.S. senators — Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) — who requested in January they be declassified.
“Having reviewed the matter, and having consulted the heads of the relevant Intelligence Community elements, I have declassified the enclosed footnotes,” Grenell noted.
What’s even more damning is that the Russian government knew about Steele and was feeding him BS, with the objective of destabilizing the 2016 election (how many times have we been told that ‘Russia wanted Trump to win?’ In fact, Putin just wanted to sow chaos, and the FBI helped him do it).
Grassley and Johnson released a statement late Wednesday stating, “As we can see from these now-declassified footnotes in the IG’s report, Russian intelligence was aware of the dossier before the FBI even began its investigation and the FBI had reports in hand that their central piece of evidence was most likely tainted with Russian disinformation.”
“Thanks to Attorney General Barr’s and Acting Director Grenell’s declassification of the footnotes, we know the FBI’s justification to target an American Citizen was riddled with significant flaws,” the senators stated.
“Inspector General Michael Horowitz and his team did what neither the FBI nor Special Counsel Mueller cared to do: examine and investigate corruption at the FBI, the sources of the Steele dossier, how it was disseminated, and reporting that it contained Russian disinformation.”
Carter says she was told by a U.S. official familiar with the probe into the actions of the FBI that the footnotes “clearly show that the FBI team was or should have had been aware that the Russian Intelligence Services was trying to influence Steele’s reporting in the summer of 2016, and that there were some preferences for Hillary; and that this RIS [Russian Intelligence Services] sourced information being fed to Steele was designed to hurt Trump.”
The official also noted these new revelations also “undermines the ICA on Russian Interference and the intent to help Trump. It undermines the FISA warrants and there should not have been a Mueller investigation.”
The claim by Democrats and their media lapdogs throughout the ‘Trump-Russia collusion’ hoax never made any sense. Hillary Clinton’s emails were likely hacked by foreign powers including Russia; Putin could have and would have used them to his advantage had Clinton won instead of Trump.
But by comparison, Trump had no skeletons left in his closet after a bruising campaign. Plus, he had pledged to pursue policies that would be detrimental to Russia — rebuilding the U.S. military chief among them, but also setting the U.S. economy on fire, including the oil-and-gas industry (which is a direct competitor to Russia’s oil-and-gas industry).
On that note, Carter writes:
The footnotes also reveal a startling fact that go against (former CIA Director John) Brennan’s assessment that Russia was vying for Trump, when in fact, the Russians appeared to be hopeful of a Clinton presidency.
“The FBI received information in June, 2017 which revealed that, among other things, there were personal and business ties between the sub-source and Steele’s Primary Sub-source, contacts between the sub-source and an individual in the Russian Presidential Administration in June/July 2016 [redacted] and the sub source voicing strong support for candidate Clinton in the 2016 U.S. election. The Supervisory Intel Analyst told us that the FBI did not have a Section 702 vicarage on any other Steele sub-source.”
While some of this information is new, the facts that the FBI subverted U.S. law, defrauded the FISA court, and attempted to overthrow a duly elected president aren’t new.
In February 2018, then-House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) released a memo detailing most of this information. He — and we — knew then that ‘Spygate’ was a bogus op aimed at toppling a presidency.
As many suspected, the discredited and unverified “Trump dossier” was used not once but on three separate occasions to secure a FISA court surveillance warrant to allow the Obama administration to spy on Team Trump during his campaign:
In addition, Hillary Clinton, U.S. media outlets, and ranking officials within DOJ and FBI including former FBI Director James Comey, former deputy director Andrew McCabe, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein were all aware that the dossier was a political document, not a serious piece of intelligence work, the memo explains.
As Fox News reported, the four-page memo [which you can read here] also “includes testimony from a high-ranking government official who says without the infamous Trump dossier, the FBI and DOJ would not have secured surveillance warrants to spy on at least one member of the Trump team.”
The memo pointed out that in December 2017, then-FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe testified that “no surveillance warrant would have been sought” from the FISA court “without the Steele dossier information.”
The memo also states that DOJ and FBI officials used media reporting on the Trump-Russia collusion allegations to bolster their case for a FISA court warrant. That is a substantial revelation because the memo also talks about how the dossier’s creator, former British spy Christopher Steele — who was commissioned by Fusion GPS to assemble the dossier — briefed a number of media outlets on its contents over the summer of 2016, as Trump gained steam.
All of which begs the question: How much more evidence is needed to indict people and prosecute them for Spygate?
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