The salacious dossier that was compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele may have had many factually incorrect or otherwise unverified or unverifiable information, but apparently it was good enough to be included in the intelligence community’s report released to the public in January. And according to sources who spoke to Fox News, FBI Director James Comey pushed for the dossier’s inclusion:
FBI Director James Comey considered an anti-Trump dossier compiled by a former British intelligence officer so important that he insisted the document be included in January’s final intelligence community report on Russian meddling in the U.S. election, Fox News was told.
Sources would not speak on the record, citing the sensitivity of the matter and its current relevance to upcoming testimony on the unmasking of American citizens as part of the FBI probe into alleged contacts between Trump campaign advisers and Moscow.
Asked for a response to the claims, the FBI and Office of the Director of National Intelligence said they could not comment on a classified document.
[Senator Charles] Grassley (R-IA) stressed his concerns that “the FBI has relied on the document to justify [Comey’s] current investigation. There have been reports that the FBI agreed to pay the author of the dossier, who paid his sources, who also paid their sub sources. Where did the money come from and what motivated the people writing the checks?”
During the heated hearing, Grassley also chided the FBI for giving him “materially inconsistent” information and specifically referenced Steele, noting “The man who wrote the dossier admitted in court that it has unverified claims. Does that sound like a reliable basis for law enforcement or intelligence actions?”
Comey chose not to answer those questions.
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