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Senate panel releases FBI memo related to mystery source for Steele Dossier

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Chuck Ross on July 17, 2020

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday released a newly declassified FBI memo from an interview with the primary source for Christopher Steele’s infamous dossier.

Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said that the memo “indicates that the reliability of the dossier was completely destroyed” after the interviews, which were conducted over the course of three days in January 2017.

“These documents, which I have long sought, tell a damning story for anyone who’s interested in trying to find the truth behind the corrupt nature of the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign in 2016 and beyond,” Graham said in a statement announcing the release of the document.

According to the 57-page memo, the dossier’s source described how he came to work for Steele and how he collected information for an investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia.

The source provided details of six sub-sources whose information he passed to Steele, who was hired by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS to investigate the Trump campaign.

The identities of the primary source and sub-sources are redacted in the memo, which summarizes interviews conducted from Jan. 24-26, 2017.

BuzzFeed News had published the dossier two weeks earlier.

Steele, a former MI6 officer, relied exclusively on the source’s information for the dossier, which accused the Trump campaign and Kremlin of working together in a “well-developed conspiracy of cooperation” to influence the 2016 election.

Steele also alleged that Trump campaign aide Carter Page was a key figure in the conspiracy.

The FBI relied heavily on Steele’s information to obtain four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) orders against Page.

Steele’s source undercut many of the dossier’s allegations. According to the memo, the source said that Steele misrepresented information in the dossier, and passed rumor as fact.

The source told the FBI that Steele’s allegation that the Kremlin has a sexual blackmail tape of Trump was based on “rumor and speculation” passed from staff at the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow.

The source also said that Steele provided him a list of four or five names of Trump associates he wanted investigated. Carter Page and former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen were on the list.

In the dossier, Steele alleged that Cohen visited Prague in August 2016 to meet with Kremlin insiders to discuss hacking Democrats during the 2016 campaign. Steele’s source said that a woman he knew — identified in the memo as “Source 5” — passed along the information.

The Justice Department inspector general’s report said that Cohen did not visit Prague, and that the FBI received evidence on Jan. 12, 2017 that the information about Cohen may have been Russian disinformation.

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    Jojodmonkey July 18, 2020

    Well, it took that faggot long enough!

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    Mike W July 18, 2020

    Isn’t ironic how the Democrats and Clinton’s tried to frame Trump with a false story about him.with a prostitute. No matter what moral high ground you seek prostitution is legal in many places – hardly a crime. The rapes and pedophilia the Clintons are about to get exposed – hell blown out of the water with – however are NOT legal.

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    Old Fur Trapper July 18, 2020

    No names should have been redacted. We have a right to know everyone and every name involved in this! This was the most treasonous attempt ever to take down a President with lies.

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    moosegringo July 18, 2020

    Have the Clintons’ EVER been honest about ANYTHING ??

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    Fhockey July 18, 2020

    John Dunham’s case just got sealed. Comey, Clapper, Brennen and company are getting to see who gets the best deal.

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    Sam R July 18, 2020

    Englands laws on libel and slander are much less forgiving and much more punative that ours. That is why Steele testified in a London court that he could not verify or validate any part of his so called dossier. It was a total fabrication. For the harm he has done to the world and to journalism (now a total joke) he should be permanently housed in the most uncomfortable way in the Tower of London with no way out but in a casket.

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    Tony Winters July 18, 2020

    The words Honest and clinton are very rarely used in the same paragraph, let alone the same sentence unless if you are trying to define opposites.

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    Tony Winters July 18, 2020

    If President Trump does not get re-elected every one of these investigations will just disappear and the DC Swamp will once again fill back up.

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    Zues July 19, 2020

    Those names are being withheld, until Cohen finishes his investigation and indictments are issued. Another Saturday Night Massacre, coming.

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    Tess July 20, 2020

    AMAZING HOW COMEY AND MUELLER COULD NOT FIND ANY OF THIS EVIDENCE!! WELL IT APPEARS AS THOUGH THIS STARTED WITH THE OBAMA/BIDEN TEAM AND WENT INTO THE FBI AND CIA AND ALL DEPT HEADS THERE. DUNHAM SHOULD HAVE ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO PUT ALL OF THEM BEHIND BARS FOR A LONG, LONG TIME.. WHAT A TRAVESTY THESE CORRUPT POLITICIANS PULLED THIS AND ALMOST GOT AWAY WITH IT.. VOTE WISELY AMERICANS.. OUR FREEDOM DEPENDS ON IT.

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