Trump dossier author Steele gets 16-hour DOJ grilling

Christopher Steele
During the 2016 election, Christopher Steele was hired by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS to research President Donald Trump’s Russia ties. | Victoria Jones/AP Photo

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Trump dossier author Steele gets 16-hour DOJ grilling

The interview was contentious at first, according to two people familiar with the matter, but investigators ultimately found his testimony credible and even surprising.

Christopher Steele, the former British spy behind the infamous “dossier” on President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, was interviewed for 16 hours in June by the Justice Department’s internal watchdog, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The interview is part of an ongoing investigation that the Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, has been conducting for the past year. Specifically, Horowitz has been examining the FBI’s efforts to surveil a one-time Trump campaign adviser based in part on information from Steele, an ex-British MI6 agent who had worked with the bureau as a confidential source since 2010.

Horowitz’s team has been intensely focused on gauging Steele’s credibility as a source for the bureau. But Steele was initially reluctant to speak with the American investigators because of the potential impropriety of his involvement in an internal DOJ probe as a foreign national and retired British intelligence agent.

Steele’s allies have also repeatedly noted that the dossier was not the original basis for the FBI’s probe into Trump and Russia.

The extensive, two-day interview took place in London while Trump was in Britain for a state visit, the sources said, and delved into Steele’s extensive work on Russian interference efforts globally, his intelligence-collection methods and his findings about Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, who the FBI ultimately surveilled. The FBI’s decision to seek a surveillance warrant against Page — a warrant they applied for and obtained after Page had already left the campaign — is the chief focus of the probe by Horowitz.

The interview was contentious at first, the sources added, but investigators ultimately found Steele’s testimony credible and even surprising. The takeaway has irked some U.S. officials interviewed as part of the probe — they argue that it shouldn’t have taken a foreign national to convince the inspector general that the FBI acted properly in 2016. Steele’s American lawyer was present for the conversation.

During the 2016 election, Steele was hired by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS to research Trump’s Russia ties. His work was funded in part by a law firm that represented the Democratic National Committee.

Since then, Steele has become a villain to Trump allies who claim that anti-Trump DOJ officials conspired to undo the results of the 2016 election. Conservatives have also seized on Mueller’s conclusion that no criminal conspiracy existed between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin as evidence that Steele’s sensational dossier was a fraud.

But the extensive interview with Steele, and the investigators’ sense that he offered new and important information, may dampen expectations among the president’s allies who’ve claimed that Steele’s sensational dossier was used improperly by the bureau to “spy” on the campaign.

Page had been on the FBI’s radar since 2013, when he interacted with undercover Russian intelligence agents in New York City. A trip to Moscow in the summer of 2016 further aroused the bureau’s suspicions, according to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant the FBI got approved in October 2016, allowing the bureau to intercept his electronic communications.

Steele’s defenders have noted that the information he provided which made it into the FISA warrant application to monitor Page was not far off. According to Steele’s sources, Page met with high-level Russian officials while in Moscow in July 2016, including the CEO of Russia’s state-owned oil giant Rosneft.

Page denied the claim publicly until pressed under oath by lawmakers in 2017, when he acknowledged meeting “senior members of the presidential administration” during his trip, as well as the head of investor relations at Rosneft. Page had originally claimed only that he went to Moscow to give the commencement address at the New Economic School.

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/09/christopher-steele-trump-dossier-doj-1403318

QAnon Coded Message From December Is The Memo

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Q released a coded message on December 22nd.
We can now decode it and HOLY FUCKING SHIT!!! it’s the memo.
(Decoded below)

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Glenn Simpson Was With Veselnitskaya Before Trump Tower Meeting And After Meeting

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Fusion GPS says
>Glenn Simpson was with Veselnitskaya BEFORE Trump Tower meeting
>Simpson was with Veselnitskaya AFTER Trump Tower meeting
>Simpson had nothing to do with the Trump Tower meeting

Holy shit guys. Look how flimsy their remaining case is. More or less conclusive proof that Fusion GPS, as part of a paid smear campaign by the Clintons via her lawyer and possibly also approved or aided by the FBI/DOJ, under false pretenses, conducted a broad daylight counterintel sting against Trump using his son, his campaign manager at the time and his son-in-law. The goal of the sting was to simply place those three in a meeting with people who could be safely described as “tied to the Kremlin.” Ahkmetsin and Veselnitskaya meet those descriptions. But the entire thing is nothing more than an entrapment – catfishing op done against a political candidate, paid for by his political opponent. No useful information exchanges hands and the meeting is totally irrelevent for all future purposes by all attending parties. It’s absolutely detestable that the media is still clinging to this Trump Tower meeting as evidence worthy of a special counsel investigation. Everything else – the IC disclaimer report from muh 17 agencies, the lies upon lies over Flynn and Sessions’ interactions with the Russian ambassador, most obviously the Fusion GPS “dossier”, there are no legs left for them to stand on. And if the approved October 2016 FISA shows evidence based in whole or in part on the baseless content of said dossier, then it’s actually time to start public corruption proceedings immediately. Unfuckingbelievable levels of criminality went into trying to stop Trump. No point to just let it all go now that we know so much about it

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Also, don’t forget that Veselnitskaya was denied entry into the US by customs, but then the Obama White House intervened to approve her visa.

Did you catch this gem?
>Mr. Simpson had been hired by a law firm, BakerHostetler, representing the company. As part of this work, he compiled damaging allegations against William F. Browder, an American-born financier and Kremlin foe who was the driving force behind the Magnitsky Act.

The dude was shamelessly working to advance Putin’s agenda while supposedly being fair and impartial while investigating Trump.

How many of those Facebook ads that “Russians” bought in 2016 turned out to be supporting far-left and Clinton friendly causes again?

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Another gem.
>Steele: Uh hey Glenn, sending you some really ugly stuff, mind if I go get paid by the FBI for it too?
>Simpson: No what the fuck do i care

House Intel Committee Has Docs On Trump Dossier From DOJ, FBI 

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“House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence members gained access to all Department of Justice and FBI documents it possesses on the Trump dossier, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned.

The committee was able to review Friday all FBI and DOJ documents on the Trump dossier, former MI-6 British agent Christopher Steele who authored the dossier, and Fusion GPS, the political opposition firm that hired Steele. DOJ also provided Obama administration applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which could approve the surveillance of the Trump transition team, according to a source with direct knowledge of the case.

The information could serve as a key breakthrough in the committee’s investigation of Steele, Fusion GPS and the Russians who influenced the dossiers’ contents.”

http://dailycaller.com/2018/01/08/exclusive-house-intel-information-has-received-all-docs-on-trump-dossier-from-doj-and-fb-i/

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New text-messages out from Peter Strzok and Lisa Page

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New text-messages out from Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. One Key Email (dated on or about November 3) refers to a “forthcoming CF Article,” and Nunes is trying to figure out what that means. Let’s help.

Context: Looks like Page and Strzok were leaking info re Trump/Russia to news outlets. In a series of text messages occurring just before the Nov. 7, 2016 election, Page sends Strzok a text message: “Makes me feel WAY less bad about throwing him under the bus to the forthcoming CF article,” she texted. Congressional investigators are still trying to determine what the “CF article” reference means and who the agents thought they were trying to throw “under the bus.”

What is the “CF Article”? Is “CF” the initials of a reporter? Initials of a news organization? Something else?

Suggest we look for News Articles that are anti-Trump, Russia related, that were published on, say, November 5 to November 15, that was published by (a) a News organization, or (b) a specific reporter, that has the initials “CF.”

Sauce: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/368003-fbi-agents-text-messages-spur-congressional-probe-into-possible-news-leaks

Fusion GPS rats out John McCain on Trump ‘Russian dossier’

Fusion GPS is the opposition research firm that, in 2016, was first hired by unnamed Republican(s) during the GOP primaries to dig up dirt on Donald Trump. After Trump won the GOP primaries to become the Republican presidential nominee, the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign hired Fusion GPS to do the same.

Note: According to Fusion GPS (see below), the conservative news website Washington Free Beacon were the Republicans who hired the firm.

See “Fusion GPS, hired by Hillary for dirt on Trump, also paid 3 journalists

Fusion GPS then hired a former MI6 spook named Christopher Steele, who proceeded to concoct what became known as the “Russian dossier” on Trump, which included the fictitious “golden shower” account of Trump hiring Russian prostitutes to urinate on a Moscow hotel bed.

See “Trump ‘fake news’ dossier’s creator, British spook Chris Steele, fears for his life

Someone, long rumored to be Sen. “snake tongue” “wandering boot” John McCain — whose foundation (McCain Institute) is funded by George Soros, the Rothschilds and the Saudis — then gave the Russian dossier to the website Buzzfeed, which published it in January 2017.

Continue reading “Fusion GPS rats out John McCain on Trump ‘Russian dossier’”