A Senate investigation has discovered that a compatriot of the Clintons were feeding information to the author of the so-called “Trump dossier,” that was used to obtain a wiretap warrant on the Trump campaign.
In a letter from Sens. Lindsey Graham and Chuck Grassley to the FBI, they referred Christopher Steele – the author of the dossier – for criminal investigation. In making the recommendation, it was uncovered that a “friend” of Bill and Hillary Clinton was feeding information to Steele.
According to the memo, a foreign source gave the information to friends of the Clintons, who then gave it to the Obama State Department, where it was then turned around and handed over to Steele.
“One memorandum by Mr. Steele that was not published by Buzzfeed is dated October 19, 2016. The report alleges [redacted], as well as [redacted]. Mr. Steele’s memorandum states that his company ‘received his report from [redacted] US State Department,’ that the report was the second in a series, and that the report was information that came 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].”
In the memo to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Graham (R-South Carolina) and Grassley (R-Iowa) write: “It is troubling enough that the Clinton Campaign funded Mr. Steele’s work, but these Clinton associates were contemporaneously feeding Mr. Steele allegations raises additional concerns about his credibility.”
So who was this “friend of the Clintons”? Byron York over at The Washington Examiner makes the connection. Clinton associate Cody Shearer was in contact with Steele about his anti-Trump research and Obama State Department official Jonathan Winter was the connection between Steele and the State Department during the campaign.
It’s difficult to discern too much from the memo, as FBI-requested redactions make it difficult to get the full meaning, Breitbart reports.
The senators said in a statement accompanying their memo that it had quotes from the FISA warrant application used to surveil Carter Page — specifically what Steele had told the FBI about his contacts with the media.
The House Intelligence Committee memo revealed that Steele had not been honest with the FBI about his contacts with the media, and was thus terminated as a source.
On Jan. 4, Grassley and Graham referred Steele for a criminal investigation for lying to federal authorities, but they couldn’t release the memo until the Justice Department and FBI reviewed it.
In the statement releasing the memo, the two senators said that the memo is “largely based on the same underlying documents” as the House Intelligence Committee memo that was recently declassified, and that Grassley is now calling on the FBI to withdraw its redactions.
“Seeking transparency and cooperation should not be this challenging. The government should not be blotting out information that it admits isn’t secret, and it should not take dramatic steps by Congress and the White House to get answers that the American people are demanding,” Grassley said.
“There are still may questions that can only be answered by complete transparency. That means declassifying as much of the underlying documents as possible,” he said.
To be continued …