The Trash Sourcing for the Steele Dossier Just Got Even Worse

FILE - This Tuesday, March 7, 2017 file photo shows Christopher Steele, the former MI6 agent who set up Orbis Business Intelligence and compiled a dossier on Donald Trump, in London. No one has painted a more vivid or lurid portrait of a purported alliance between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia than Steele. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

 

The Steele Dossier, which formed the basis of the Trump-Russia investigation and was heavily used in the fraudulent Carter Page FISA warrant, has already been thoroughly exposed as a work of absolute trash. Christopher Steele is nothing but a world-class grifter who used third-hand Russian misinformation to put together what was simply meant to be a political hit piece. That the FBI and DOJ used it to the extent they did should be disqualifying for everyone involved.

In fact, one of the main sources for the document turned out to be a man suspected of being a foreign spy, so much so that the FBI held a multi-year investigation into him until he left the country and was no longer seen as a threat (see Bombshell: Top Steele Dossier Source Was Suspected Russian Spy).

Now, new information is showing that sourcing was even worse than imagined. It was also more partisan than anyone wanted to ever admit.

Not only was Steele using probable Russian spies to have bad, false information fed to him, he was also using the sister of a DNC operative as corroboration for some of the more salacious episodes. That includes the hotel room “orgy” in Moscow charge, which was absolutely not true.

That DNC operative also happened to be involved in the Ukraine operation being run by Hillary Clinton, which was seeking dirt on Donald Trump during the 2016 election. In other words, this was all very prevalent and pervasive, with the same characters continually popping up in the narrative. Chalupa had zero credibility to be used as sourcing by the FBI in this regard.

This same story played out over and over in regards to Steele’s dossier, with not a single bit of salacious information ever being confirmed. Nothing about pee tapes, secret Moscow meetings, or Carter Page being a secret Russian agent was true. Despite that, much of this nonsense was shared for years in the media, and to this day, you’ll still find some on the left who swear by it. Lawfare Blog, for example, continues to enjoy prominence despite their fluffing of what was absolutely Russian garbage meant to influence the election in Hillary Clinton’s favor.

That no one will likely be held accountable for this is a shame. It’s also incredibly damaging to the country’s institutions.

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