The dossier “formed an essential part of the Carter Page FISA application.”
We finally have the memo written by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA). It alleges that the FBI did in fact use the disputed dossier to receive FISA warrants to spy on members of then-candidate Donald Trump’s team.
The memo is not a nothing burger, but it’s also not a bombshell. In fact, it leaves us with more questions than answers. In order to receive full transparency, the FBI and DOJ has to release all of their documents.
It goes on to say that the FISA application says that dossier author Christopher Steele did not provide the information to Yahoo! News for an article on Page’s trip to Moscow that the website published in September 2016.
However, as the memo states, that Steele did admit that “he met with Yahoo News-and several other outlets-in September 2016 at the direction of Fusion GPS.” It also alleges that Perkins Coie, the alw firm that hired Fusion GPS, knew about Steele’s “media contacts because they hosted at least one meeting in Washington D.C. in 2016 with Steele and Fusion GPS where this matter was discussed.”
The memo then goes into detail about Steele’s relationships within the DOJ even after his termination as a source. That man is then-Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, who we have blogged about before due to the DOJ demoting him because of contacts at Fusion GPS. That contact was his wife and she worked at the firm during the election.
Yup. I had blogged that the mystery around Ohr continued to deepen once we found out that his wife as the contact. There was something there. His wife wasn’t just an employee…she was there to help with the opposition research on Trump.
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