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Declassified Horowitz report footnotes show the FBI knew the Steele dossier was Russian disinformation and used it anyway

April 11, 2020

  It is hard to find any news out there that is not COVID-19 related but this is a holiday weekend  and that means there was a document dump. This is not totally new news because we already knew that the FBI knew the Steele dossier was fake and decided to use it to get a FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign, and the Justice Department has already admitted at least two of the FISA warrants used to spy on the Trump campaign were not valid, but newly unredacted footnotes in the Horowitz’s report confirm the FBI knew the Steele dossier was more than just fake but also Russian disinformation.

  Here is more:

The DOJ declassified 3 footnotes with minimal redactions and kept the fourth footnote completely blacked out citing, “unique and significant concerns. The redacted information refers to information received by a member of the Crossfire Hurricane team regarding possible previous attempts by a foreign government to penetrate and research a company or individuals associated with Christopher Steele,” Herridge reported.

One declassified footnote revealed Comey’s FBI knew the Hillary Clinton-funded dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele was bogus Russian disinformation — but they used it anyway to spy on Trump’s campaign.

“The (redacted) stated that it did not have high confidence in this subset of Steele’s reporting and ASSESSED that the referenced subset was part of a Russian disinformation campaign to denigrate US foreign relations” — Catherine Herridge said.

Herridge: READ FULL footnote 302 Steele dossier sub-source “According to a document circulated among Crossfire Hurricane team members and supervisors in early October 2016, Person 1 had historical contact with persons and entities suspected of being linked to RIS (Russian Intel)

In addition, in late December 2016, Department Attorney Bruce Ohr told SSA 1 that he had met with Glenn Simpson (Fusion GPS) and that Simpson had assessed that Person 1 was a RIS (Russian intel) officer who was central in connecting Trump to Russia.”

  Some of the quotes above come from Catherine Herridge’s tweets, if you would like to see the actual tweets, as well as the documents in question, just follow the link I provided above.

  Chuck Grassely, who was one of the ones fighting to get these footnotes unredacted, released a letter about this new information and here is part of it:

The “central and essential” evidence used to justify invasive surveillance of an American citizen in the FBI’s probe into Russian interference was, itself, an example of Russian interference, according to once-secret footnotes declassified at the urging of two U.S. Senators. The footnotes, part of the Justice Department Inspector General’s postmortem of the FBI’s flawed operation to spy on Trump campaign aide Carter Page, were released just hours after Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) renewed their push for transparency. The senators expect a fuller declassification in the coming days.

The footnotes reveal that, beginning early on and continuing throughout the FBI’s Russia investigation, FBI officials learned critical information streams that flowed to the dossier were likely tainted with Russian Intelligence disinformation. But the FBI aggressively advanced the probe anyway, ignoring internal oversight mechanisms and neglecting to flag the material credibility concerns for a secret court. Despite later intelligence reports that key elements of the FBI’s evidence were the result of Russian infiltration to undermine U.S. foreign relations, the FBI still pushed forward with its probe. It would eventually spill over into the years-long special counsel operation, costing taxpayers more than $30 million and increasing partisan divisions – all based on faulty evidence. In the end, the special counsel concluded that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia.

“For years, the public was fed a healthy diet of leaks, innuendo and false information to imply that President Trump and his campaign were part of a Russian conspiracy to spread disinformation. The FBI’s blind pursuit of the investigation, despite exculpatory and contradictory information, only legitimized the narrative. The mounting evidence undercutting this narrative should have stopped the investigation early in its tracks. Instead, it took several years and millions in taxpayer dollars to conclude that the allegations were baseless,” Grassley and Johnson said.

    Again there is more to the letter and you can read it by following the link above. The more we learn about the FBI’s handling of the FISA process the more we realize this was not a mistake and it cannot be chalked up to laziness. That would be bad enough and would be grounds for several dismissals, but this was an intentional attempt by the FBI to stop Donald Trump from ever being sworn in as President and that is frightening.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

9 Comments leave one →
  1. MaddMedic permalink
    April 11, 2020 7:23 am

    Deep state. Wants to control you….All hail the Deep State..

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 11, 2020 6:42 pm

      We bow to them! 😉


      • Dr. Jeff permalink
        April 12, 2020 7:36 am

        Lock and load, metaphorically if not literally. You know the routine, extra cans of beans, peanut butter, rice, etc.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. hocuspocus13 permalink
    April 11, 2020 9:05 am

    …anybody locked up yet?

    Liked by 1 person

  3. n r ringlee permalink
    April 11, 2020 11:35 am

    No worries. They were counting on a Hillary victory. In that case no one would dare question DoJ or the FBI. And it looks like no one will. Ever. So sad for our once great Republic.

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 11, 2020 6:43 pm

      Yes they were and I was hoping that when she lost we might learn the truth but at this point I think we can give up that hope.


  4. Bruce Booher permalink
    April 11, 2020 12:26 pm

    I do think the truth will come out… about 70 years like we are now learning secrets of WWII

    Liked by 1 person

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