With the Democrats partisan vote Thursday toward impeachment as a backdrop, Judicial Watch continues to relentlessly release documents related to the Russia collusion probe, the latest appearing to possibly firm up the role of the Obama State Department in disseminating Christopher Steele’s questionable dossier allegations.
JW’s document dump Thursday is a cache of material that shows that a conversation on December 23, 2016, 28, a mere days before the inauguration of President Donald Trump, between State Department Special Coordinator for Libya Jonathan Winer and Alexey Vladimirovich Skosyrev, the “political chief” at the Russian Embassy in Washington, DC.
Following that 10-minute phone call, according to the documents, show that State Department official Anne Sackville-West then read the transcript of that conversation to colleagues at the State Department.
Eric Green, who was then-director of the Office of Russian Affairs in the Eurasian Bureau of the State Department, followed up by forwarding the read-out using his unsecure BlackBerry to Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Kathleen Kavalec, to Obama Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Ambassador Victoria Nuland, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary John Heffern.
“The State Department has still not fully explained its role in collecting and disseminating Christopher Steele’s false allegations about President Trump’s ties to Russia,” said Daily Caller News Foundation President Neil Patel. “The latest documents obtained by Judicial Watch on behalf of The Daily Caller News Foundation raise new and important questions about the role played by Jonathan Winer, who played a key role as Steele’s conduit to U.S. diplomats.”
“The Kerry State Department and Jonathan Winer worked hand-in-glove with the Clinton Fusion GPS spy Christopher Steele. It is suspicious, to say the least, that Winer was in contact with a senior Russian government official as the Kerry State Department was simultaneously pushing the Russia smear against then President-elect Trump,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
JW has already released documents showing that Winer helped lug Steele into diplomatic and business circles. A fascinating little nugget: Winer was even approached by a film producer about turning the Russia collusion investigation into a movie.
Nuland was also, in a separate document dump, shown to have a close working relationship with Christopher Steele dating back to 2014.