Former British spy Christopher Steele was informed months after accepting the job to compile a dossier on then-candidate Donald J. Trump that the Hillary Clinton Campaign and the Democratic National Committee were paying the bills but that’s not what the FBI told the secret FISA court when it sought a warrant to spy on one of Trump’s campaign volunteers.

This bit of explosive information was revealed in an expose on Steele by The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer but the implications for the FBI are profound. Why? Because the bureau explicitly stated in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Application to the secret court that Steele was unaware of who backed Fusion GPS, the firm which hired him, for the research.

Steele, however, claimed in the expose titled Christopher Steele, The Man Behind the Trump Dossier that he did know who was paying his bill.

“Under the arrangement, Orbis was a subcontractor working for Fusion GPS, a private research firm in Washington,” according to the article. “Fusion, in turn, had been contracted by a law firm, Perkins Coie, which represented both Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Several months after Steele signed the deal, he learned that, through this chain, his research was being jointly subsidized by the Clinton campaign and the D.N.C. In all, Steele was paid a hundred and sixty-eight thousand dollars for his work.”

Did Steele lie to the FBI or did the FBI choose not to disclose this information to the secret court?

 

In a footnote on the warrant application to the court, the FBI stated that the “identified U.S. Person never advised Source #1 as to the motivation behind the research into Candidate #1’s ties to Russia.”  Meaning that now embattled Fusion GPS, the firm that hired Steele to conduct the research, never advised him of who was paying his bill.

The FBI submitted the FISA application on Carter Page, a former volunteer for the Trump campaign, on Oct. 21, 2016. Steele, according to testimony provided by Fusion GPS owner and former Wall Street Journal Reporter Glen Simpson was hired in the Spring of 2016. The New Yorker article also states that Steele was hired in the Spring.

That means that Steele would have known who was paying him by the time he met with the FBI in Italy during the summer of 2016.

Which leads to another question, did Steele lie to the FBI or did the FBI choose not to disclose this information to the secret court?

The FBI did not immediately respond for comment but Page, whom the FBI was spying on, has denied all the accusations made against him the Steele dossier. He has defended himself against those allegations this year as he made rounds on numerous television and cable news shows over the past several weeks.

Page has also filed a number of lawsuits against media organizations, including Buzzfeed for publishing what former FBI Director James Comey said to President Trump in January 2017, when he briefed him was “salacious and unverified.”

Still, the FBI months earlier used the dossier, which they admittedly said was unverified, to get a warrant to spy on Page.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin meets the state-controlled Russian oil giant Rosneft CEO, Igor Sechin (R)

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin meets the state-controlled Russian oil giant Rosneft CEO, Igor Sechin (R)

One major accusation in Steele’s dossier accused Page of colluding with Russian businessman Igor Sechin, the CEO of Russia’s state oil company. The dossier, which was based on information from former and current Russian spies, said Sechin offered Page a 19 percent stake in Russia’s oil company in exchange for the lifting of US sanctions on his country. Page told me in an earlier interview, as he has told numerous media outlets and Congress, that he never met with Sechin and says the offer to give him roughly $18 billion, a sum of which was 19 percent stake at the time, is laughable and highly improbable.

More problematic for the FBI and DOJ was the fact that both government agencies stonewalled for months turning over documents requested by Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee. Last year, Chairman Devin Nunes, R-CA, requested that the committee see the applications after FBI text messages discovered by the DOJ’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz surfaced.

Horowitz’s team of investigators discovered that FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok and his paramour FBI lawyer Lisa Page had sent more than 50,000 texts to each other, a number of which revealed the pair was deeply opposed to President Trump’s candidacy and others showing bias toward Hillary Clinton. Strzok, who was on the FBI’s Russia desk, was also a senior member of the FBI’s team investigating Clinton.

Nunes fought the FBI and DOJ for nearly a year, then had another public battle with the DOJ’s Deputy Director Rod Rosenstein in January over the four-page memo the committee was prepared to release to the public. The FBI and DOJ advised the White House not to approve the release of the memo, citing its release had national security implications. President Trump, however, decided to release it without redactions after a review by the FBI and White House revealed that there was no threat to national security.

The committee’s findings revealed that the FBI did not disclose to the courts that the DNC and Clinton campaign funded the research used as the bulk of their evidence in obtaining the warrant. If proven true it would be a violation of federal law.

On March 2, Nunes demanded in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the DOJ investigate what appears to be clear violations of FBI protocol and possible criminal violations under federal law when the bureau obtained the warrant. He asked the DOJ to provide answers to what the committee deemed was a “clear violation of FBI protocols” in the warrant application.

The potential criminal violations listed by Nunes in the letter are 18 USC 242 and 50 the SC 1809:

  • 18 USC 242: using color of law to conduct a targeted investigation based on the pretext of law enforcement
  • 50 USC  1809: surveillance conducted under color of law in a manner not authorized by FISA.

The evidence against the FBI’s handling of the Russia investigation is mounting and it is almost certain that the evidence being collected behind closed doors and the bits being uncovered in the media will all be taken into account by investigators.

And maybe that will fall to the investigators in a second special counsel if Republican law makers get their way.  Nunes has not yet discussed his position publicly on whether Sessions should appoint a special counsel but those who know him told this reporter it’s only a matter of time.  He’s sure to follow Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-SC, both who have recently joined other lawmakers asking Session’s to appoint a special counsel to investigate the FBI and its handling of the dossier, as previously reported.

Session’s told Fox New’s Shannon Bream Wednesday night “I have great respect for Mr. Gowdy and Chairman Goodlatte, and we are going to consider seriously their recommendations.” Session’s revealed that he “appointed a person outside of Washington — many years at the Department of Justice — to look at all of the allegations that the House Judiciary Committee members sent to us and we are conducting that investigation.”

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  1. Sara A. Carter thank you for keeping us informed regarding this investigation. You have worked tirelessly to bring us the truth in a swamp that is so deeply mired in lies, untruths, corruption at the highest level. Someone needs to bring Mueller and all the cronies down fast.
    Again thank you for the finest in this investigation.
    God bless and protect you!

  2. Sara, I’m curious, wasn’t Carter Page an “informant” for the FBI years earlier ? I thought I read that somwhere, but, can’t recall where I saw/read it ?

  3. I wonder if Carter Page was sent to the Trump Campaign by the FBI so they could listen to anyone he would come in contact with.

  4. All true and as usual, thank you for your work and dedication to the truth. However nothing will come of it, nothing can come of it. America today is ruled by Marxists (the media, academia, Hollywood, all intelligence agencies, 95% of all government) and this just comes across to libtards like a technicality. Remember, the FISA court who responded to Nunes stated that they don’t even take notes in court. They’ll just say it’s subject to interpretation or some such thing.

    Likewise the dems are already doing a victory dance on the Uranium One deal (https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/08/politics/uranium-one-whistleblower-congress-democrats/index.html) inspite of your best efforts. As I’ve said before, Hillary could walk around with a dead baby in her mouth and the libtards wouldn’t see it.

    Sad state of affairs in what was America but it’s all for naught, Mueller will continue to persecute Trump and Hillary will continue to laugh getting ready to take her throne.

  5. He was sent to the Trump Campaign by the FBI as someone they could easily prove had connections to Russian spies and be part of their coup attempt. The fact is this whole thing was a well laid out plan to impeach Trump and they (FBI, DNC/Hillary, DOJ, NSA and others) created all of it including placing certain individuals in certain positions to make their plan work. Sara Carter and John Solomon and others have exposed the basics but it’s far too late as America is now Amerika.

  6. “Steele, however, claimed in the expose titled Christopher Steele, The Man Behind the Trump Dossier that he did know who was paying his bill.”

    Did Steele write the expose about himself? Not according to the article’s byline.

    Could it be that “Jane Mayer” should replace “Steele” in the quoted paragraph?

    Or am I totally confused?

  7. Why not just a Grand Jury? In fact, its possible there’s a Grand Jury now, but given Sessions timidity, I doubt it.

    Some of these paper games and foot dragging could cause some illegal activity to fall outside of the controlling Statute of Limitations.

    When you add in the wealth of potentially illegal activity, and the disinterest of the media, major controversial national stories are going virtually untouched.

  8. It’s just great that Hillary and Obama can do this stuff, get discovered and then just get away without prosecution.

    Can the Trump campaign do the same to the next democrat candidate?

  9. When, oh when will there be justice done? All this evidence out and still no one is worried about being charged. Keep reporting the facts and be safe.

  10. Carter Page was picked because he had recently traveled to Russia. He’s not been indicted and he’s basically been cleared. What needs to be explored is how the surveillance was done. Page was the excuse to start it, but it was used to record Gen. Flynn and probably Trump himself. We need to depose the actual operators to find out what their orders were and who did the ordering.

  11. We need a Special Prosecutor. Mueller has bankrupted Gen. Flynn defending himself, hence the Guilty Plea. When that happens to Strzok and Page they’ll start singing and we’ll get answers.

  12. Go over to the conservative treehouse for a very interesting take on what is going on between Sessions, Rosenstein and the OIG.

  13. Hey Sara, instead of trying (and failing) to trash an honorable British spy trying to protect us from the Russians, why don’t you instead update us on what you’ve uncovered on Eric Prince’s false testimony before congress and the real reason he was in the Seychelles?
    Or what Nader told Mueller?

  14. Hey Sara, speaking of British spies, since you went to New Yorker, I found this in The Guardian:

    “Britain’s spy agencies played a crucial role in alerting their counterparts in Washington to contacts between members of Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives, the Guardian has been told.
    GCHQ first became aware in late 2015 of suspicious “interactions” between figures connected to Trump and known or suspected Russian agents, a source close to UK intelligence said. This intelligence was passed to the US as part of a routine exchange of information, they added.
    Over the next six months, until summer 2016, a number of western agencies shared further information on contacts between Trump’s inner circle and Russians, sources said.
    The European countries that passed on electronic intelligence – known as sigint – included Germany, Estonia and Poland. Australia, a member of the “Five Eyes” spying alliance that also includes the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand, also relayed material, one source said.

    Sara, instead of trying (and failing) to trash a brave and honorable man like Christopher Steele and the FBI, why haven’t you and the Republicans investigated why Trump operatives would have been having suspicious “interactions” with Russian agents as far back as 2015?
    And if you won’t tell us, Sara, maybe one of the Russian trolls posting on here can.

  15. Whether he has honor isn’t nearly as important as how he was used like a cheap whore and now has to face the consequences. He took the bait, hoped for the big money, and the crooked politics of more than one nation gave the world a new whipping boy.

  16. You come off like an Apologist, for who I’m not sure. I’m sure Mr. Steele has done good work in his career, but that’s not relevant.

    1. The dossier he helped write is not corroborated, and there are glaring factual errors.

    2. Mr. Steele blabbed to Yahoo, and that article was used as the second leg to obtain the FISA warrant.

    3. The one known source – Steele – had a well-known bias and hatred for candidate Trump.

    4. Alleged sources Cody Shearer and Sidney Bloomenthal have a shady past and ling runming relationships with the Clintons. Bloomenthal was so distrusted, Obama wouldn’t let him be part if his administration.

    5. Unknown Russians were also allegedly paid for this unproven, unverified information. Still unverified after 3 years.

    6. It is well known, politically, that much of Europe is Left of our Democrat Party, so their biases are clear.

  17. And here’s something else sassy Sara left out when she referenced the New Yorker article by Jane Meyer on the Steele Dossier, something that happened in August of 2016:

    “According to an article by the Washington Post, that month the C.I.A. sent what the paper described as “an intelligence bombshell” to President Obama, warning him that Putin was directly involved in a Russian cyber campaign aimed at disrupting the Presidential election—and helping Trump win. Robert Hannigan, then the head of the U.K.’s intelligence service the G.C.H.Q., had recently flown to Washington and briefed the C.I.A.’s director, John Brennan, on a stream of illicit communications between Trump’s team and Moscow that had been intercepted. (The content of these intercepts has not become public.)”

    But enough about things you don’t want to know about, let’s talk about the Nunes Memo, a second special prosecutor for Uranium One, Obama spying on Trump, unmasking, FISA abuse, etc.,
    You know, YUGE SQUIRRELs!!!

  18. Sessions has been very quite in the face of mounting evidence and a clear need for outside council / prosecutor – since many of the players are beyond the reach of an IG. And Horowitz is the IG who is holding back on releasing forensic reports on Sheryl Attikisson’s PC which was bugged and monitored from a U.S. Govt IP address after she broke Fast-and-Furious.

  19. Sara Carter posted:
    “Several months after Steele signed the deal, he learned that, through this chain, his research was being jointly subsidized by the Clinton campaign and the D.N.C.”

    Odd (actually, not really) that Sara Carter left out these important lines that came earlier in that same New Yorker article:

    “In the spring of 2016, Steele got a call from Glenn Simpson, a former investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal who, in 2011, had left journalism to co-found Fusion GPS. Simpson was hoping that Steele could help Fusion follow some difficult leads on Trump’s ties to Russia. Simpson said that he was working for a law firm, but didn’t name the ultimate client.”
    “Within a few weeks, two or three of Steele’s long-standing collectors came back with reports drawn from Orbis’s larger network of sources. Steele looked at the material and, according to people familiar with the matter, asked himself, “Oh, my God—what is this?” He called in Burrows, who was normally unflappable. Burrows realized that they had a problem. As Simpson later put it, “We threw out a line in the water, and Moby-Dick came back.”

    Oh, so when Steele first started investigating Trump’s Russia ties Steele didn’t know who was ultimately paying for all the dirt he discovered about Trump?
    And he discovered this shocking dirt on Trump within of few weeks, well before Steele was informed about the Clinton campaign’s involvement?
    Why did Sara Carter leave these important parts out from an article none of you rubes will ever read?
    It seems to be almost deliberate, not a mistake, just more of the “lie, distort, dissemble, deflect” way those on the right operate.
    Pizzagate anyone?

  20. I think he was used. The dossier was a juicy piece of information, the money was good, and those that could use the information for their own good were happy for what they had.

    At this point, Steele’s character is not important. His past is tarnished, his present is a crap shoot, and his future is uncertain. The politics are now in control, and he will never recover from the mess he helped create.

  21. There’s nothing unlawful about setting up a back channel for communicating with Russia or anyone else. And it’s what one would naturally do when one knows one is being unlawfully spied upon. Admiral Rogers blew the whistle on this operation way before the Eric Prince business.
    And as for “false testimony before congress” — you’d need more proof than just one person’s statements. And it’s suspicious that it took so long for that person to come forward to make those statements.
    Say Hi to Hillary for me.

  22. Don’t need a special prosecutor (or a special counsel). Strzok and Page are already singing. The investigation has been quietly going on since the Inspector General began investigating a year ago, and with the assistance of a DOJ prosecutor with grand jury powers. You haven’t heard about it because it’s being done the proper way, as opposed to the noisy Comey way.

  23. “identified U.S. Person never advised Source #1 as to the motivation behind the research into Candidate #1’s ties to Russia.”

    Sara neglects to connect “her” dots. She does not state the exact time Steele learned, or more importantly how he learned, exactly who hired Fusion.

    It is perfectly conceivable, and quite likely, Steele was “not” told by the FBI or Fusion who was [in-fact] paying Fusion.

    It is perfectly conceivable, and quite likely, Steele, a highly regarded Intelligence Agent, subsequently learned, at a still unknown time, without being specifically told by The FBI or Fusion, who was paying Fusion for the Russian research.

    Therefore.., the FBI was most likely accurate in the FISA application, as they more than typically are, by stating “identified U.S. Person never advised Source #1 as to the motivation behind the research into Candidate #1’s ties to Russia.”
    Yet.., Steele [nevertheless] learned or surmised, on his own, “the motivation behind the research into Candidate #1’s ties to Russia”

    Sara completely misses, I believe disingenuously, that likely circumstance.., and so do most of her, and Trump’s, blind faith “followers”.

  24. Yeah, cons don’t like facts that oppose their worldview, do they? If it’s not featured on FOX News or Breitbart, it can’t be true.

  25. Tinamd > It has been repeatedly pointed out by former US Attorneys, etc., that despite months of surveillance by the most powerful and intrusive intelligence agencies ever deployed … Carter Page has not been charged with any crime (and even more telling, the Special Counsel has leaked nothing about any charges forthcoming!)

  26. Perhaps the Brits are currently revealing the ties between the Russians and the Clinton campaign (Steele dossier sourcing). The may also know quite a bit about the Rosatom/Uranium One deal and other matters involving Russia and the Clintons pay to play machinations.

  27. The Obama administration began appeasing Putin’s Russia from the start. They ridiculed Romney in 2012 when he labeled Russia a threat. They were forewarned on Russian attempts to interfere in the 2016 election and ignored the issue until late in the election when they joined with the Clinton organizations in a smear campaign against Trump involving the Steele dossier.
    Subpoenas have revealed collaboration by the Clinton campaign, Obama administration, Steele, and the Russians. I am sure investigators are asking our allies to provide information relevant to the conspiracy against the Trump campaign and his administration. Prior contacts and ties to the Clinton pay to play, money grubbing machine will be forthcoming.

  28. Did Steele reveal to Isakoff and other news organizations that the Clinton campaign funded the dossier? Reputable news organizations would have asked. The FBI likely was informed of this when they cancelled their arrangement with Steele after he talked to the press.

  29. “honorable British spy” ? LOL.

    Exactly which part of this story if false, Curtis? Steele is a man of honor and didn’t lie? Fine.. that means the FBI did.. and that is kind of the point of the story. 😉 #themoreyouknow

  30. I think the meeting in Trump Tower was a set up also. The Russian honeypot spoke with Glen Simpson before and after the meeting. I bet Mueller didn’t investigate that.

  31. I believe we are all in for a rude awakening the day we learn that the FISA Judges didn’t give a damn about the particulars behind the warrants they issued. These judges were simply, “rubber stamps”, following orders with no fear; and why should they fear anything, the entire DOJ would have to be exposed before eyes fell upon them.

  32. Christopher Steele compiled the dossier. Really,,,? More likely the surveillance was already underway by the FBI. They needed Steele for the credible source. Give the information to him, pay him $160,000 and collect the fresh, would you look this, report.

    This goes right to the Oval Office. All Intel. went into the PDBS. Presidential Daily Briefings were given to deputy department heads so they could be on the same page.

    Politicizing all the spies and the FBI…people have got to go to jail.

  33. Did former IG Michael Bromwich, who is aiding Mr. McCabe, just let the cat out of the bag? He drafted a 1-page letter protesting the firing of McCabe on March 16th. In the letter, he writes:

    “The investigation described in the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report *was cleaved off
    from the larger investigation of which it was a part*, its completion expedited, and the disciplinary
    process completed in a little over a week.”

    Larger investigation?

    Is this a Grand Jury reference?

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