Obama's Collusion Probe Fueled By Russian Disinformation in Steele Dossier, Docs Show
FBI aware of inauthenticity of information from MI6 agent
The FBI, former President Barack Obama, and disgraced FBI director James Comey knew that Democrat-funded Steele dossier contained 'Russian disinformation' despite moving forward with the collusion probe, according to declassified evidence.
Newly declassified footnotes from December 2019 Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general (IG) report was released by Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley (IA) and Ron Johnson on Wednesday.
The FBI may have aided Moscow in meddling with US elections by trying on Russian disinformation in the infamous “pee dossier” to launch its investigation, the footnotes indicate.
FBI officials began their investigation while the agency was under the leadership of James Comey.
The investigation ultimately found no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia after it continued well after President Donald Trump took office.
The FBI based the Steele’s dossier as its primary source for collusion allegations, despite being aware it was tainted by Russian disinformation.
In simpler terms, the “pee dossier,” which was funded by the Democrats, fueled the FBI’s collusion investigation, which was based on Russian lies.
Grassley and Johnson press release noted:
Despite multiple reports in 2017 warning that claims in an anti-Trump dossier [by Steele] were “false” and “part of a Russian disinformation campaign,” the FBI continued to rely on the Democrat-funded opposition research to spy on a Trump campaign aide.
The two senators added in a joint statement:
As we can see from these now-declassified footnotes in the IG’s report, Russian intelligence was aware of the dossier before the FBI even began its investigation, and the FBI had reports in hand that their central piece of evidence was most likely tainted with Russian disinformation.
[DOJ] Inspector General Michael Horowitz and his team did what neither the FBI nor Special Counsel Mueller cared to do: examine and investigate corruption at the FBI, the sources of the Steele dossier, how it was disseminated, and reporting that it contained Russian disinformation.
Russian operatives were aware that Steele was investigating then-presidential candidate Trump in 2016, the footnotes reveal.
The Hillary Clinton campaign hired Steele to compile information on the Trump-Russia collusion allegations.
In 2017, the FBI ignored that Russian operatives may have targeted Steele’s firm, Orbis Business Intelligence, the information revealed.
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Later, a 2017 intelligence report warned that Russian intelligence officers had infiltrated Steele’s network.
The same year, Russian operatives fed disinformation that later appears in the anti-Trump dossier utilized by the FBI to obtain permission from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court to wiretap Carter Page.
The DOJ IG highlighted in its December 2019 audit that “at least 17 significant errors and omissions” in the Page federal surveillance application that enabled the Russia collusion probe in 2016.
Various reports highlighted inaccuracies in the dossier, warning it “was a part of a Russian disinformation campaign to denigrate U.S. foreign relations,” according to the footnotes.
In a February 2017 intelligence report, the FBI learned that allegations about Trump’s sexual activities were false, the footnotes show.
The allegations derive from Russian intelligence “‘infiltrat[ing] a source into the network’ of a [REDACTED] who compiled a dossier of information on Trump’s activities.”
The FBI even dismissed a warning in October 2016 that a Steel contact was “rumored to be a former KGB/SVR officer.”
The agency also ignored Steele’s “frequent contacts” with Russian oligarchs, another footnote states.
On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal noted about the new revelations:
The FBI has brushed off concerns it was manipulated, telling the IG that the bureau evaluated and dismissed the idea. … This is the same FBI that by January 2017 had tracked down Mr. Steele’s primary source, who admitted that most of what Mr. Steele reported was “rumor” and “hearsay.”
Yet former FBI Director Jim Comey and his coterie pushed the disinformation on the secret [ Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act or FISA] court.
What's more, Special Counsel Robert Mueller report barely mentioned the Steele dossier.
“It’s now clear that Mr. Mueller and his team of Obama Justice Department holdovers—including deputy Andrew Weissmann—didn’t want to expose anything about the FBI and Justice mistakes and misinformation,” the Journal noted.