REVEALED: FBI Knew Dossier Author Steele’s Primary Sub-Source Was a Russian Agent but Did NOT Inform FISA Court
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The more we learn about the Obama administration’s efforts to depose a duly elected president – Donald Trump – the more obvious it becomes why the deep state continues to push back hard against every effort to find more details.
Because if the system ever begins to work like it was designed to, a lot of people are going to jail for a long time.
On Thursday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) released a letter from Attorney General William Barr containing more damning information: That the FBI was aware the primary sub-source for former British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled the garbage “dossier” of salacious claims about Trump, was a Russian agent feeding him BS.
But some FBI officials did not inform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of this belief because to do so likely would have meant a judge would not have granted the bureau’s request to open up surveillance on one of the president’s 2016 campaign officials at the time, Carter Page.
In response to Graham’s request for oversight of the reliability of the Steele dossier, the Justice Department recently declassified a key footnote in Inspector General Horowitz’s report. The footnote states Christopher Steele’s Primary Sub-source “was the subject of an FBI counterintelligence investigation from 2009 to 2011 that assessed his/her documented contacts with suspected Russian intelligence officers.”
“To me, failure of the FBI to inform the court that the primary sub-source was suspected of being a Russian agent is a breach of every duty owed by law enforcement to the judicial system," Graham said.
According to an FBI summary that was provided to Graham’s committee, the “Crossfire Hurricane” team (code name given to the Trump ‘collusion’ counterintelligence operation) knew by December 2016 the Russian sub-source was very probably an intelligence agent, but no one informed the FISA court. What’s more, the FBI got three more surveillance warrants to continue spying on Page and anyone he came in contact with.
According to the press release, here are the main points made in the FBI's declassified summary:
-- The Crossfire Hurricane team knew in December 2016 that Christopher Steele’s Primary Sub-source was an individual who the FBI had indicated in 2009 “could be a threat to national security.”
-- In May 2009, Steele’s source reportedly attempted to recruit two individuals connected to an influential foreign policy advisor connected to President Obama, offering that if the two individuals “‘did get a job in the government and had access to classified information’ and wanted ‘to make a little extra money,’ [Steele’s source] knew some people to whom they could speak.”
-- FBI databases revealed Steele’s source “had contact in 2006 with the Russian Embassy and known Russian intelligence officers, [including contacting a known Russian intelligence officer] ‘so the documents can be placed in tomorrow’s diplomatic pouch.’”
-- One individual interviewed by the FBI noted that “the Primary Sub-source persistently asked about the interviewee’s knowledge of a particular military vessel.”
-- Significantly, the “record documenting the closing of the investigation [of the Primary Sub-source] stated that consideration would be given to re-opening the investigation in the event that the Primary Sub-source returned to the United States.”
Lives have been ruined. Careers. Reputations. And for what? Pure partisan politics; the people in power did not want to share it with someone they had not ‘approved of.’
What a gross, disgusting abuse of authority.
“In light of this newly declassified information, I will be sending the FISA Court the information provided to inform them how wide and deep the effort to conceal exculpatory information regarding the Carter Page warrant application was in 2016 and 2017," Graham said in a statement.
“A small group of individuals in the Department of Justice and FBI should be held accountable for this fraud against the court."
Yes. Yes, they should be.