A bombshell new report was made available to House members Thursday detailing abuses of the FISA court that could lead to the ouster of senior officials in both the FBI and the Department of Justice; and if that happens, it all leads back to that pesky little document first released by Buzzfeed lo these many months ago: the Steele dossier.
This is the very document Democrats hung their hopes on in a quest to prove collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian agents, and the one that it’s alleged was used to procure a FISA warrant to spy on Trump adviser Carter Page.
We already know the Clinton campaign had a hand in paying for the dossier through lawyers via payments to the opposition research firm, Fusion GPS, that employed Christoper Steele — the former British spy who authored the dossier. And it just got weirder with news that Clinton confidante Sidney Blumenthal may have been interviewed by the FBI regarding the dossier way back in 2016.
The question, of course, is why?; especially since the dossier was used “in part” to obtain warrants to spy on Page.
And then there are Blumenthal’s statements just following the election, words that, in hindsight, further tighten the screws on the Clinton camp’s role in what more and more appears to be a premeditated attempt to take down Donald Trump. His curious statements also offer justification for what national security reporter Sara Carter calls the “explosive” report given to the House Thursday that could lead “to the end of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation into President Trump and his associates.”
Carter writes that Blumenthal was planting the seeds of collusion narrative in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 election (the results of which were likely as much a surprise to him as they were to everyone else).
After the 2016 presidential election, Blumenthal told Dutch TV Nieuwsuur that Clinton’s loss to Trump “was the result of a cabal of right-wing agents of the FBI in the New York office attached to Rudy Giuliani, who was a member of Trump’s campaign.”
“I think it’s not unfair to call it a coup,” said Blumenthal.
“A coup, even?” the reporter said.
Blumenthal added, “yeah, a coup d’etat.”
Interesting that Blumenthal chose to point the finger at the FBI when he had (according to Carter) just spent time chatting with that very same agency about a dossier that was used — very likely improperly, as FISA warrants generally require more than just opposition research as supporting evidence — to try to discredit the Trump campaign by “proving” they were working with the Russians to ensure that Hillary Clinton never saw the inside of the White House.
Talk about a tangled web.
Add to all this, the transcripts from the testimony of Fusion GPS regarding the Russian collusion matter were made available by the House Intelligence Committee this week. One interesting bit of the timeline pops out: the FBI never reached out to Fusion GPS about the contents of the Steele dossier, never (apparently) tried to confirm their veracity.
Q: When did Fusion GPS provide info to the feds? A: After the election – with a Bruce Ohr mention pic.twitter.com/orxX2Fwcod
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) January 18, 2018
So, just to get this straight: the FBI wasn’t interested in talking to the firm that employed the author of dossier they used to get a warrant to spy on a Trump adviser. But they did reach out (allegedly) to Sidney Blumenthal, friend and adviser of Hillary Clinton.
Starting to see how heads at the FBI might be getting ready to roll.