John McCain lackey who handled bogus Trump dossier SUBPOENAED by House Intel Committee
Trump “dossier” creator Christopher Steele BACKING OFF claims prez is linked to RUSSIA as he faces libel lawsuit
Former British spy Christopher Steele, the man behind the drafting of the now-infamous “Trump dossier,” once confidently proclaimed that our president was so inextricably linked to Russian government figures that Vladimir Putin himself could drop a dime on Donald J. Trump anytime he wanted.
Steele also claimed that Trump aides were part of some vast conspiracy with Moscow to “steal the election” from Hillary Clinton, someone who Putin reportedly despised so much he’d do anything to see her lose.
But now, as Steele is forced to defend himselfagainst charges of slander and libel for things he wrote in the dossier — that was subsequently published by Buzzfeed — he doesn’t appear to be quite so confident in his earlier claims.
As in, he doesn’t sound like a man who continues to believe what he wrote a year ago.
As reported by The Washington Times, once upon a time Steele “matter-of-factly” stated in the dossier that there was collusion between Team Trump and Team Moscow. But some months later in court, he now claims that such collusion was only “possible.”
This all takes on added importance now as Republicans close in on discovering whether the bogus dossier for which nothing contained within has been verified was used by anti-Trump elements within the FBI and Justice Department to obtain a FISA court warrant to spy on the Republican presidential nominee’s campaign last year. (Related: REVEALED: The FBI plot to overthrow the presidency and commit organized TREASON in America.)
Steele’s unsubstantiated garbage was further spread by the Democrat-aligned opposition research firm that hired Steele — Fusion GPS. Also, the Times noted, Steele once boasted to Mother Jones magazine he was the one who started Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation by convincing the FBI last summer that his dossier was real.
And of course, we now also know that the dossier was bought and paid for by Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton. Nothing odd or weird about that, right?
In any event, now that Steele has to defend his allegations in court, “his confidence level has shifted down several notches,” the Times noted.
As The National Sentinel reported in April, Steele was upset when Buzzfeed published the dossier in January, probably because he knew then it was all BS. Though the so-called “mainstream” media ignored it, Steele also seemed at the time to repudiate the dossier when he acknowledged in court filings that at least some of the allegations contained in the document were unverified.
In his dossier, Steele claimed without a hint of reservation that an “extensive conspiracy between Trump’s campaign team and the Kremlin” existed. He wrote that as a hotel builder and entrepreneur, Trump was involved in an eight-year partnership with Russian intelligence that dated back long before his presidential campaign, the Times noted.
During that alleged relationship, both sides traded information.
One of Steele’s memos even claimed that the Kremlin had compiled so much financial and personal information about Trump and his businesses that the Kremlin could blackmail him at any time (a claim that actually makes more sensewhen applied to Hillary Clinton).
The Times noted further:
He wrote that Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager, and a campaign volunteer, Carter Page, in tandem orchestrated the campaign with Moscow to meddle in the race. He also maintained that Michael Cohen, Mr. Trump’s attorney, traveled to Prague in August 2016 to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s personal staff and orchestrate a cover-up of the campaign’s hacking conspiracy.
All of those charges have been denied, and none has been confirmed publicly by a press leak or congressional inquiry.
Now that he’s in court, Steele is changing his tune — a lot.
In one response, Steele described the intelligence he gathered as “limited.” Regarding the charge of collusion between Team Trump and Russia, he now claims that there is only a “possible connection.”
This dossier — bought and paid for by Clinton and a Clinton-aligned firm — was never real, and we’re now seeing that proven as Steele attempts to defend the indefensible.
Read more of J.D. Heyes’ work at The National Sentinel.
It IS bogus: FBI says it CAN’T substantiate Trump-Russia “collusion” allegations in discredited “dossier”
December 28, 2017 by JD Heyes
Americans have been waiting for more than a year to see proof that wild-and-crazy allegations made by a former British spy in a “dossier” aimed at ensnaring then-GOP presidential candidate, Donald J. Trump, in a scandal, were true.
We’re still waiting. And my bet is, we’ll be waiting until hell freezes over because there is no evidence that Trump and Russia “colluded” to “steal the election” from the most corrupt presidential contender ever, “crooked” Hillary Clinton.
What’s more, as reported by The Washington Times, the FBI — the very agency that likely used the dossier to justify obtaining a FISA court warrant to spy on Trump’s campaign (on behalf of Clinton and her pal Obama, no doubt) — won’t repudiate the dossier, even though officials have confirmed that they can’t substantiate the collusion allegations.
(Then why is Robert Mueller still ‘investigating’ said collusion?)
The Times noted that sources familiar with House and Senate probes say that this is currently the bureau’s talking point some 17 months after agents first received a briefing of the collusion allegations in July 2016.
The most recent and high-profile FBI official to ask about the dossier’s contents was Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who spent a marathon eight hours before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence last week to answer questions about, in part, the dossier, and the bureau’s blatant anti-Trump bias.
The Times noted:
Republicans believe they have unearthed a scandal inside the bureau’s top echelons over its determination to target Trump associates based on flimsy evidence and improper Justice Department contacts.
Republican committee members pressed Mr. McCabe about a dossier that was financed by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign based on gossip-tinged information from paid, unidentified Kremlin operatives.
Sources said that McCabe would not criticize the 35-page document which is full of outrageous and salacious charges, including that Trump once rented out the presidential suite at a top Moscow hotel where President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama had previously stayed, then hired prostitutes to engage in a “golden shower” on the bed (to urinate on it, in other words).
That said, McCabe did acknowledge that the dossier’s contents remain largely unsubstantiated (the author of the dossier, British spy, Christopher Steele, has himself downplayed its significance and accuracy).
But, sources told The Times, to admit as much would be ‘embarassing’ to the bureau — and, well, we can’t have that, now can we? Because after all, the FBI’s reputation is much more important than protecting the legitimacy and sanctity of a duly-elected president. (Related: Trump “dossier” creator Christopher Steele BACKING OFF claims prez is linked to RUSSIA as he faces libel lawsuit.)
After all, if FBI agents used the dossier to seek a FISA court warrant, that would mean that they based their decision to spy on a rival political campaign on a lie.
The Times noted that other news outlets, including Fox News and the Washington Examiner, reported that Republicans on the Intelligence Committee asked McCabe what parts of the dossier had actually been confirmed. The retiring deputy director replied that the only “collusion-related” portion was that Trump campaign volunteer, Carter Page, went to Moscow in July of 2016.
And oh, by the way, Page has filed suit against Yahoo News and HuffPo for slander, charging that the outlets libeled him by repeating accusations in the dossier that he met with two Kremlin figures in an attempt to negotiate an end to U.S. sanctions. He’s seeking $75,000 in damages for those “false charges.”
“Let’s remember a couple of things about the dossier,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said last week. “The Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign, which we now know were one and the same, paid the law firm who paid Fusion GPS who paid Christopher Steele who then paid Russians to put together a report that we call a dossier full of all kinds of fake news, National Enquirer garbage and it’s been reported that this dossier was all dressed up by the FBI, taken to the FISA court and presented as a legitimate intelligence document — that it became the basis for a warrant to spy on Americans.”
Read more of J.D. Heyes’ work at The National Sentinel.
(National Sentinel) On the Spot: House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., has issued a subpoena to David Kramer, the associate of Sen. John McCain who handled the discredited “Trump dossier” and delivered it to the Arizona Republican.
Nunes wants to discuss the dossier with Kramer, a former State Department and current senior director at the nonprofit McCain Institute, about his trip to London in November 2016, ostensibly to pick up the dossier from former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele.
Court filings note that Kramer went to London to view “the pre-election memoranda on a confidential basis,” The Hill reported.
Kramer then flew back to Washington, D.C., and delivered a copy of the dossier to McCain, who then turned it over to the FBI.
The subpoena for Kramer to appear before House investigators on Jan. 11 comes after he has already appeared before the committee earlier this month.
Republicans are interested in the origins of the dossier and whether it was used as justification for the FBI to seek FISA court warrants so the bureau could spy on the Trump campaign and transition team.
For his part, McCain said he was concerned about the contents of the dossier, which contain salacious details of alleged past behavior in Russia by the president as well as an outright claim that his campaign colluded with Moscow to win last year.
None of those claims have been substantiated, despited year-long investigations by congressional committees, the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller.
The Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton‘s presidential campaign funded the dossier, created by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS.
On Dec. 11, Fox News reported that it had spoken exclusively with the man who claimed he was the “go-between” for McCain and Steele, Sir Andrew Wood.
“My mission was essentially to be a go-between and a messenger, to tell the senator and assistants that such a dossier existed,” said the former British ambassador to Moscow.
In August 2016, “[Steele] came to me to tell me what was in it, and why it … was important,” Wood said. “He made it very clear … yes, it was raw intelligence, but it needed putting into proper context before you could judge it fully.”
The August 2016 timeline is important, because it was just after then-FBI Director James Comey exonerated Hillary Clinton in what appeared to be a clear case of mishandling classified data, and at the same time the FBI opened a probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Wood said Steele had “already been in contact with the FBI” at the time.
“He said there was corroborating evidence in the United States, from which I assumed he was working with an American company,” Wood said.
The Daily Caller‘s Chuck Ross reported that Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson had provided McCain with a copy of the dossier.