Bombshell: Memo Shows Phony Steele Dossier Was Pretext to Spy On Trump Campaign

Chris Menahan
Feb. 02, 2018

Foreign "ex-"intelligence agent Christoper Steele's phony dossier was used as the pretext to spy on members of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, according to the newly released memo from the House Intelligence Committee.

The memo lays out a criminal conspiracy, with Steele telling Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr that he "was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president."

Ohr's wife at the time was "employed by Fusion GPS to assist in the cultivation of opposition research on Trump," the memo states.

"Ohr later provided the FBI with all of his wife’s opposition research, paid for by the DNC and Clinton campaign via Fusion GPS. The Ohrs' relationship with Steele and Fusion GPS was inexplicably concealed from the FISC."

From the Washington Examiner:
Here are some key points:

* The Steele dossier formed an essential part of the initial and all three renewal FISA applications against Carter Page.

* Andrew McCabe confirmed that no FISA warrant would have been sought from the FISA Court without the Steele dossier information.

* The four FISA surveillance applications were signed by, in various combinations, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates, Dana Boente, and Rod Rosenstein.

* The FBI authorized payments to Steele for work on the dossier. The FBI terminated its agreement with Steele in late October when it learned, by reading an article in Mother Jones, that Steele was talking to the media.

* The political origins of the Steele dossier were known to senior DOJ and FBI officials, but excluded from the FISA applications.

* DOJ official Bruce Ohr met with Steele beginning in the summer of 2016 and relayed to DOJ information about Steele's bias. Steele told Ohr that he, Steele, was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected president and was passionate about him not becoming president.
Read the full three page memo in PDF form here.

Trump called the revelations in the memo "a disgrace."

"I think it's a disgrace," he said. "A lot of people should be ashamed of themselves."

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