Monday, 21 January, 2019

Clinton campaign fed Steele info for Trump dossier - Senate Judiciary Committee

Melinda Barton | 07 February, 2018, 00:43

Because of the blacked out portions of the GOP memo, it wasn't clear what the information was that was given to Steele, or allegedly how it might have been used for political purposes against Mr. Trump. Jonathan Winer, an Obama State Department official, was a connection between Steele and the State Department during the 2016 election.

After stating that the Graham-Grassley memo shows that Steele briefed several mainstream outlets in 2016 - or "fake news outlets", as Hannity made sure to note - the Fox News host then brought up the news that the House Intelligence Committee had voted to release the Democrats rebuttal memo.

The Grassley-Graham memo says that Steele used the information from the "foreign sub-source" to write an additional document related to President Trump's ties to Russian Federation that was not included in the infamous dossier published by BuzzFeed in January 2017, the Washington Post reports.

The memo states that Steele got information from "a foreign sub-source who is in touch with (redacted), a contact of (redacted), a friend of the Clintons, who passed it to (redacted)".

The FBI partially declassified the memo the senators wrote as part of their criminal referral against Steele following the release of the House Intelligence Committee Republicans' memo on the FBI's use of the dossier to monitor Trump associates.

Grassley and Graham now argue that the classification of the referral should be updated and the redactions removed.

According to Grassley and Graham, Steele had already been trolling for information on Trump and his campaign before being hired by Fusion GPS, which was paid by the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee (DNC). Shearer worked in the 90s for President Bill Clinton.

Shearer, Blumenthal, and Winer did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In a morning tweet, the President took aim at the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), accusing Schiff of leaking classified material.

"Seeking transparency and cooperation should not be this challenging". Republicans have alleged that the FBI inappropriately relied on the document, once described as "salacious and unverified" by former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyDavis: "Deep state" existed in "16 - but it elected Trump WSJ: Agents" texts reveal McCabe knew of Clinton emails for at least a month CNN: FBI agent Strzok helped write letter reopening Clinton probe MORE, to obtain a surveillance warrant on Trump campaign aide Carter Page. "The government should not be blotting out information that it admits isn't secret".

"There are still may questions that can only be answered by complete transparency".

The referral states that, based classified documents provided by the, "in light of sworn statements by in British litigation, it appears that either lied to the or the British court, or that the classified documents reviewed by the committee contain materially false statements". "That means declassifying as much of the underlying documents as possible".

The Grassley and Graham memo says, "there is substantial evidence suggesting that Mr. Steele materially misled the Federal Bureau of Investigation about a key aspect of his dossier efforts, one which bears on his credibility", as Grassley asked that it be made public.