The Senate Judiciary Committee on July 17 released a partly-classified FBI memo summarizing the bureaus interview with the key source for the dossier compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.
The contents of the newly released record further undermine the credibility of Steeles infamous dossier of unverified claims targeting then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and associates of his 2016 campaign.
The documents suggest that Steeles key source was not based in Russia and was neither a current nor former Russian government official. The source, who is referred to as the “Primary Sub-source” in the report by the Justice Department Inspector General, repeatedly told the FBI that he was not aware of where some of the claims attributed to him in the dossier originated. The source also said that Steele recharacterized some of the information to make it appear more substantiated.
Steeles dossier played a critical role in the FBIs decision to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to spy on Trump-campaign associate Carter Page. Despite learning of the serious credibility issues with the dossier, the bureau went on to obtain two renewal warrants to keep surveilling Page. The 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign was Steeles ultimate client.
“It is clear to me that the memo regarding the FBI interview of the primary sub-source in January 2017 should have required the system to stop and reevaluate the case against Mr. Page,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said in a statement.
“Most importantly after this interview of the sub-source and the subsequent memo detailing the contents of the interview, it was a miscarriage of justice for the FBI and the Department of Justice to continue to seek a FISA warrant against Carter Page in April and June of 2017.”
The FBI interviewed Steeles source in Washington from Jan. 24 to 26, 2017. While the memo summarizing is heavily redacted to protect the sources identity, the new information, in addition to what is already public, strongly suggests that the source was living outside of Russia at the time he provided information to Steele.
The documents also confirm what Steele had already told a British court earlier this year, specifically that he paid the source as a contractor on a regular basis.
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