CHRISTOPHER STEELE TRUMP DOSSIER USED UNVERIFIED SOURCES, SENT TO JOHN MCCAIN, USED BY COMEY TO OBTAIN FISA
- Mr. Steele acknowledges dossier came from “unsolicited intelligence” and “raw intelligence” that “needed to be analyzed and further investigated/verified.”
- Christopher Steele said he followed proper internal channels by giving the dossier to Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican
- Christopher Steele reportedly met with the FBI on Aug. 22
- James Comey considered the dossier so important that he insisted it be included in January’s final Intelligence Community Report on Russian meddling in the election and reportedly offered Steele $50,000 to corroborate the dossier
- The dossier was part of the evidence the FBI used to obtain a FISA warrant
- Mr. Steele says the ultimate responsibility lies with BuzzFeed, the liberal news website whose editor, Ben Smith, decided to post the entire 35 pages — memos from June to December — on Jan. 10 even though Mr. Smith said he doubted the far-flung accusations were true.
- Mr. Steele and his Orbis Business Intelligence firm are facing defamation lawsuit brought by Aleksej Gubarev, chief executive of the network solutions firm XBT Holdings,
British spy behind Trump dossier ordered to give deposition in BuzzFeed suit
Christopher Steele reportedly met with the FBI on Aug. 22. The dossier was part of the evidence the FBI used to obtain a FISA warrant to monitor communications of Carter Page, a peripheral adviser in the Trump campaign.
Former FBI Director James Comey considered the dossier so important that he insisted it be included in January’s final Intelligence Community Report on Russian meddling in the election and reportedly offered Steele $50,000 to corroborate the dossier—something the bureau denies paying.
…”We know from what Steele has said in the British lawsuit that – at Fusion’s instruction – he briefed reporters at The New York Times, the Washington Post, Yahoo News, the New Yorker, CNN and Mother Jones about the dossier,” Fray-Witzer said. “To their credit, not a one of them actually published the dossier. Only BuzzFeed did that and we think that says something about where BuzzFeed’s priorities were. This was about “clicks,” not about responsible reporting.”
Ex-spy admits anti-Trump dossier unverified, blames Buzzfeed for publishing
By Rowan Scarborough – The Washington Times
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the infamous anti-Donald Trump dossier, acknowledges that a sensational charge his sources made about a tech company CEO and Democratic Party hacking is unverified.
In a court filing, Mr. Steele also says his accusations against the president and his aides about a supposed Russian hacking conspiracy were never supposed to be made public, much less posted in full on a website for the world to see on Jan. 10.
He defends himself by saying he was betrayed by his client and that he followed proper internal channels by giving the dossier to Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, to alert the U.S. government.
Mr. Steele has not spoken publicly about his disputed opposition research project, but for the first time he is being forced to talk in a London court through his attorneys.
Barristers for Mr. Steele and his Orbis Business Intelligence firm filed their first defense against a defamation lawsuit brought by Aleksej Gubarev, chief executive of the network solutions firm XBT Holdings.
Mr. Steele acknowledges that the part of the 35-page dossier that identified Mr. Gubarev as a rogue hacker came from “unsolicited intelligence” and “raw intelligence” that “needed to be analyzed and further investigated/verified.”
OBAMAGATE! Looks like the DNC and Obama admin used Russian players to create a meeting with Trump Jr. as part of a wider setup to get a FISA warrant to wiretap phones of the Trump campaign during 2016.
Russian lobbyist and ‘spy’ Rinat Akhmetshin admitted Friday that he attended, together with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, a June 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort at the Trump Tower in Manhattan.
After this ‘Russia meeting,’ Obama administration asked – but was denied- FISA warrant to wiretap phones of the Trump campaign.
Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort’s phone was illegally bugged during the infamous ‘Russia meeting’. Remember, the wiretapping was illegal, as FISA court denied Obama’s June 2016 request.
But it did not stop the Obama administration from wiretapping and setting up the fake narrative of Trump-Russia collusion.
The June meeting may have also served as the basis of the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
Both Natalia Veselnitskaya and Rinat Akhmetshin have connections with the Democrat Party. Rinat Akhmetshin worked for anti-Trump Fusion GPS, the organization behind the fake Trump Russia dossier. AG Loretta Lynch gave Veselnitskaya special visa to stay in US and was seen with Democrat officials around D.C. events.
Akhmetshin was linked to Fusion GPS and involved in a pro-Russian campaign in 2016 which involved lobbying congressional staffers to undermine the Magnitsky Act.
Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson cancelled his testimony before Congress next week.
Today, Fusion GPS employee Rinat Akhmetshin today confirmed his attendance at a meeting with Donald Trump Jr, Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner along with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
Accusations have arisen that the meeting was part of a wider setup to achieve a FISA warrant to wiretap phones of the Trump campaign during 2016. President Trump himself has accused the FBI under Loretta Lynch of wiretapping his campaign.