FBI aware a foreign national was planning to meddle with election
According to a recently uncovered document, the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI, was “well aware” Christopher Steele was attempting to meddle with the 2016 presidential election.
The document suggests that the FBI used Steele’s materials as part of an effort to spy on the Trump campaign and American citizens, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) says.
According to a statement on Tuesday according to The Hill, Meadows said:
“[O]fficials at the FBI and (Department of Justice) DOJ were well aware the dossier was a lie — from very early on in the process all the way to when they made the conscious decision to include it in a FISA application.
The fact that Christopher Steele and his partisan research document were treated in any way seriously by our Intelligence Community leaders amounts to malpractice.”
A federal document recently uncovered by a Citizens United lawsuit prompted Meadows’ response.
In the document was an email from Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec, who Steele met in October 2016, describing his plans to spread misinformation of his now debunked dossier on Donald Trump.
Solomon wrote on Tuesday:
Kavalec’s written account of her Oct. 11, 2016, meeting with FBI informant Christopher Steele shows the Hillary Clinton campaign-funded British intelligence operative admitted that his research was political and facing an Election Day deadline.
And that confession occurred ten days before the FBI used Steele’s now-discredited dossier to justify securing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and the campaign’s ties to Russia.
Steele’s client “is keen to see this information come to light before November 8,” the date of the 2016 election, Kavalec wrote in a typed summary of her meeting with Steele and Tatyana Duran, a colleague from Steele’s Orbis Security firm.
The memos were unearthed a few days ago through open-records litigation by the conservative group Citizens United. [emphasis added]
The report was followed up by Solomon on Thursday with more details from the document, which FBI Director Christopher Wray has redacted all but three sentences of until the end of 2041.
He alleges that her memo makes it clear Steele “was political, inaccurate, spinning wild theories, and talking to the media.”
[T]he FBI swore on Oct. 21, 2016, to the FISA judges that Steele’s “reporting has been corroborated and used in criminal proceedings” and the FBI has determined him to be “reliable”… [Yet Kavalec] quoted Steele as saying, “Payments to those recruited are made out of the Russian Consulate in Miami,” according to a copy of her summary memo obtained under open records litigation by the conservative group Citizens United. Kavalec bluntly debunked that assertion in a bracketed comment: “It is important to note that there is no Russian consulate in Miami.”
Federal officials were alerted by Kavalec on Steele’s plans to meddle with the presidential election.
Notably, his was ten days prior to the FBI applying in a FISA court for a warrant to surveil the Trump campaign.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) informed Solomon that the DOJ hid Kavalec’s email from the House Intelligence Committee.
The memo is part of more mounting evidence that the FBI spied on American citizen for ‘political purposes.’
DOJ official, Bruce Ohr, whose wife coincidentally worked for r Fusion GPS, the very same firm that hired Steele, testified that he told the FBI that Steele was politically biased against Trump, and information in the document was ‘hearsay’ based.
Last year, we reported that Intelligence community officials showed doubt regarding the dossier.
According to the Daily Caller:
The emails also reveal that top government officials were aware that Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier, was in contact with reporters regarding his investigation into President Donald Trump and his possible links to Russia.
Even Steele admitted in a statement that his work was given Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) standing to “challenge the validity of the outcome of that election.”
Earlier this month, President Donald Trump said that James Comey was “probably was one of the people leading the effort on spying” on his 2016 presidential campaign.
The president noted Attorney General William Barr’s claims that “spying did occur” on his 2016 campaign.
“I would say he probably led some kind of an effort. The word ‘spying’ has been used. He probably was one of the people leading the effort on spying,” Trump told Fox News.