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BOMBSHELL: FBI offered former British Spy Christopher Steele $1 million to corroborate anti-Trump dossier

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“The FBI offered former British spy Christopher Steele $1 million if he could corroborate the claims in the now-infamous anti-Trump dossier.” The Washington Examiner reported the news unearthed from the testimony of Brian Auten, an FBI senior intelligence analyst who was the first witness called by special counsel John Durham in Igor Danchenko’s false-statements trial.

The Steele dossier claimed then-candidate Donald Trump was colluding with Russia; specifically, a corrupt “conspiracy of cooperation” with Russia’s infamous Vladimir Putin. Igor Danchenko was the “principal source” for the wild accusation.

National Review notes:

Danchenko was Steele’s principal source for the dossier, yet the FBI did not interview him until late January 2017. By that time, the bureau had relied on the dossier information twice (in October 2016 and January 2017) in sworn applications to the FISC that limned Trump — the GOP candidate for the presidency, and then the sitting president — as a tool of the Russian government. The purpose of interviewing Danchenko was to determine whether the Steele allegations were true or false. Obviously, the FBI is supposed to determine that the information has been verified before making an application to the FISC in the first place.

Additionally, “because proceedings before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court are classified and ex parte — meaning only the FBI and Justice Department appear before FISC judges, and there is no notice or discovery ever provided to Americans who are monitored under the court’s warrants — the government has a higher legal obligation than in normal criminal proceedings to ensure that the information presented to the court has been verified.”

“It is thus breathtaking that the FBI would offer an informant $1 million to corroborate his allegations — which is tantamount to an admission that the information is not even supported, much less verified — and yet rely on that unverified and likely false information, not once but four separate times over the course of a year, under oath in applications to the FISC” adds National Review.

Auten was present when the FBI first interviewed Danchenko in January of 2017. National Review reports “Auten wrote a memo analyzing Danchenko’s undermining of Steele’s reporting. Yet the FBI did not share this memo with the Justice Department’s Office of Intelligence, which oversees applications to the FISC, much less with the court itself.”

Furthermore, National Review writes:

Far from correcting the record, the FBI represented to the FISC in the April and June 2017 sworn surveillance-warrant applications that it had met with Danchenko (described as “the primary sub-source”) in “an effort to further corroborate Steele’s reporting.” The bureau asserted that it had found Danchenko to be “truthful and cooperative.” Of course, to the extent he had been truthful and cooperative, it was in confirming the FBI’s suspicions that Steele’s allegations were bogus. . . . But the bureau withheld that embarrassing concession. Worse, what it did say would lead any sensible person — particularly one who assumed that the FBI was acting lawfully and honorably — to infer that Danchenko had corroborated Steele’s claims, when the opposite was true.

Remarkably, the FBI did proceed to sign Danchenko up as a paid intelligence source, a status in which he was kept for over three years. It is not yet clear whether this maneuver made it more difficult for Horowitz, Durham, and Congress to investigate the FBI’s performance.

It gets worse, if that’s possible. Following the IG’s report, FBI director Christopher Wray referred Auten to the bureau’s Office of Professional Responsibility for an investigation and possible discipline. Yet, despite being under this inquiry, Auten was tapped by the bureau, in the stretch run of the 2020 election, to provide an intelligence assessment of derogatory information about the lucrative overseas business dealings of Hunter Biden and the Biden family — in the main, information that had been gathered by Republican Senators Chuck Grassley (Iowa) and Ron Johnson (Wis.). As I’ve previously recounted, Auten’s assessment was used to dismiss the Biden data as “Russian disinformation” — which it clearly was not.

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GOP bill proposes extra measures to ensure noncitizens are unable to vote in federal elections

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GOP members of both the U.S. House and Senate introduced a bill to add safeguards to ensure that non U.S. citizens who are already prohibited from voting in federal elections, do not do so. The bill seeks to amend the National Voter Registration Act to require documentary proof of United States citizenship to register to vote.

The Center Square reports that It would require states to obtain proof of citizenship – in person – when registering an individual to vote. Applicants would have to provide proof of citizenship when they register to vote in person, when applying for a motor vehicle license, and when applying to vote by mail. The bill lists accepted citizenship documentation and requirements for voter registration agencies.

U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, led a coalition of 49 Republicans to introduce the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act in the U.S. House. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, with several cosponsors, introduced the same bill in the Senate.

Citing the border crisis and the greatest number of foreign nationals illegally entering the country in U.S. history, the measure’s supporters expressed alarm that instead of being deported, many are being registered to vote.

“There is currently an unprecedented and a clear and present danger to the integrity of our election system,” House Speaker Mike Johnson said. “And that is the threat of non-citizens and illegal aliens voting in our elections. In the last five and a half months or so, I’ve been to over 101 cities doing events all around the country in more than half the states. The first or second question that I’m asked in every public forum is about election security. Americans are deeply concerned about this. And it doesn’t matter where you live or whether you’re in a blue state or a red state, everyone’s concerned.”

Johnson blamed President Joe Biden and his administration’s policies for for what he described as widespread concern about election integrity.

“… we now have so many non-citizens in the country that if only one out of 100 of those voted, they would cast hundreds of thousands of votes,” the speaker added. “And since our elections are so razor thin in these days that we’re in, just a few precincts in a few states decide the makeup of Congress and who is elected to the White House. This is a dangerously high number, and it’s a great concern to millions and millions of Americans. It could obviously change the outcome of our elections, and this is not an empty threat or concern.”

It is already a federal crime for non-citizens to vote in a federal election. Despite this, Johnson said, “no current mechanism to ensure only those registering or voting are actually citizens. … If a nefarious actor wants to intervene in our elections, all they have to do is check a box on a form and sign their name. That’s it. That’s all that’s required. And there’s a very small chance that illegal would get caught [because] states do not have the election infrastructure in place to confirm what they’ve said.”

Johnson said noncitizens “can simply go to their local welfare office or the DMV and register to vote there,” adding that “states are currently prohibited from asking someone to prove that they’re a citizen when they use the federal voter registration form.”

He also gave examples of “a growing number of localities” that are “blurring the lines for non-citizens by allowing them to vote in municipal local elections.

“You might not know this, but non-citizens are voting,” he warned Americans. “Democrats have expressed a desire to turn on citizens and voters. That’s what this open border has been all about.”

Roy said the proposed SAVE Act “would thwart Democrat efforts to cement one-party rule by upholding and strengthening current law that permits only U.S. citizens to vote in Federal elections.”

Lee said the bill should “pass right away” and unanimously in both houses of Congress. “The only reason to oppose this … would be if you want noncitizens to vote.”

It also would create a new program requiring the Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration to share information with state registration systems. States would be required to identify noncitizens attempting to register to vote by accessing data in DHS’ Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements program and the SSA’s Social Security Number Verification Service. The information would be compared with data from state agencies that supply state identification cards or driver’s licenses.

The bill also would require states to remove non-citizens from existing voter rolls and increases federal penalties for those who register non-citizens to vote in federal elections.

 

 

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