DOJ Investigating Christopher Steele Over Russian Influence
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United States attorney John Durham, who was appointed by Attorney General Bill Barr to investigate the early actions of members of the intelligence community in their counterintelligence investigation against President Trump late last year, advanced his probe this week to determine whether or not Christopher Steele, the British spy who wrote the infamous ‘Steele dossier,’ was influenced by a massive Russian disinformation campaign throughout his drafting of the Intelligence Community Assessment over potential collusion between Russian officials and President Trump’s campaign in the 2016 election.
The Justice Department became aware that Christopher Steele had potentially used information from Russian intelligence officers in the dossier thanks to revelations in the investigation highlighted by Inspector General Michael Horowitz, and Attorney General Barr claims he was “very concerned” of the possibility.
Check out what the Daily Caller reported below:
U.S. Attorney John Durham is investigating whether Russian operatives fed disinformation to Christopher Steele, the author of the anti-Trump dossier, according to Attorney General William Barr.
Durham, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, is investigating an Intelligence Community Assessment regarding Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, Barr also told The New York Times.
Durham is conducting a sprawling investigation into the origins of the FBI probe of the Trump campaign. He is also reportedly looking at the intelligence-gathering activities of other U.S. agencies in relation to Russia and the campaign.
The Justice Department Inspector General’s report on FISA abuse has helped significantly to detail the questionable tactics by which high-ranking members of the intelligence community were able to continue a massive investigation against President Trump for several years with inherently false information.
Released last year, the damning report from the Justice Department showed information that “indicated that two persons affiliated with RIS were aware of Steele’s election investigation in early July 2016.”
Despite this, and a budding lack of confidence in their key informant Christopher Steele, the FBI continued to pursue the investigation against President Trump with the help of the foreign agent who was funded in part by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
The information obtained from Christopher Steele’s dossier was later used by members of the intelligence committee to obtain a spy warrant against President Trump and members of his campaign after presenting the allegations to the FISA courts.
“The possibility that the Russian government intentionally seeded the dossier with misinformation was one of the issues Mueller ignored and Durham was looking at, Barr said,” TheNYT reported.
Durham is examining an assessment from the U.S. intelligence community regarding Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, Barr added. An Intelligence Community Assessment released on Jan. 6, 2017, said that the Russian government meddled in the election specifically to help Donald Trump.
Thanks to the hard work of Republican Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson, newly declassified documents from the Justice Department help to describe exactly how members of the FBI abused their power to investigate President Trump for the Democratic National Committee, with the help of a foreign spy.
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