New information has come out related to how Christopher Steele was presented to the FISA court and it’s not good for the FBI.
This relates to the warrants sought against Carter Page, who turned out to be absolutely none of the things he was accused of being. As we now know, the majority of the evidence presented in those warrants was based on the dumpster fire that is the Steele dossier, which was full of unverified nonsense. It’s actually easier to say what’s true in the dossier than to point out all the falsities. You end up talking a lot less that way. There was no justification for using such a garbage piece of raw intelligence to pursue a FISA warrant against a U.S. citizen.
The Hill has the details of how Steele was falsely described to the FISA judge. This was just given to the DOJ Inspector General this week and more is likely to emerge.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec’s written account of her Oct. 11, 2016, meeting with FBI informant Christopher Steele shows the Hillary Clinton campaign-funded British intelligence operative admitted that his research was political and facing an Election Day deadline.
Why is this important? Because the FBI claimed just ten days later in the Page warrant application that Steele had no knowledge of his money man’s motivations. In other words, the FBI claimed that Steele did not know he was doing political opposition research or that the research was meant to interfere in the election.
“Steele was approached by an identified U.S. person, who indicated that a U.S.-based law firm had hired the identified U.S. person to conduct research regarding (Trump’s) ties to Russia.”
The footnote goes on to say that “the identified U.S. person never advised (Steele) as to the motivation behind the research into (Trump’s) ties to Russia. The FBI speculates that the identified U.S. person was likely looking for information that could be used to discredit (Trump’s) campaign.”
Does anyone see “Clinton” or “DNC” or “opposing presidential campaign” mentioned?
Instead, the footnote is full of weasel words. The FBI “speculates” that he “was likely” looking for information that “could discredit” Trump.
That was a lie by the FBI because Steele had just told them ten days prior that his handlers wanted the dossier information out before the election. He clearly knew the motivation behind the document he was compiling. He knew it was political opposition research and was seeking to get it into the public conscience before voters went to the polls.
Notice that the FBI decides to “speculate” in the most generic of terms instead of just telling the judge what Steele had specifically told them. That does not add up to anything but willfully misleading the court to garner the warrant. While Comey and his crew were pretending to be in the dark, they knew exactly what was going on. They also knew the dossier was completely unverified but chose to present it as the lion’s share of evidence anyway.
Meanwhile, current FBI Director Christopher Wray classified the majority of the document that revealed this information just two weeks ago.
Nonetheless, the FBI is doing its best to keep much of Kavalec’s information secret by retroactively claiming it is classified, even though it was originally marked unclassified in 2016…
…Everything else in the memo was redacted. The FOIA notes contain this explanation for the redactions: “Classified by FBI on 4/25/2019 — Class: SECRET.”
In other words, the FBI under Director Christopher Wray classified the document as “secret” just a few days ago. To add injury to insult, the FBI added this hopeful note: “Declassify on 12/31/2041.” That would be 25 years after the 2016 election.
Now, why would he do that?
Last I checked, lying to a FISA court is a crime. It’s time for the people that perpetrated this to pay the piper.
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