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Closely Guarded Steele Dossier Alleges Russia Influenced Trump’s Decision Making

President Trump at the White House, via the White House.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A closely guarded, shocking memo authored by former British spy Christopher Steele alleges Russia influenced Donald Trump’s decision-making during the presidential transition and even believed it blocked Trump from appointing former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for the secretary of state position.

A lengthy profile of the former intelligence officer in the New Yorker indicated Steele wrote the salacious dossier in November 2016 based on information he received from a “senior Russian official” who said the Kremlin was convinced it had successfully influenced Trump to choose a secretary of state who was more Russia-friendly and would not lift sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. 

A month later, Trump dropped Romney and selected former ExxonMobil executive “Rex” Tillerson, who had business ties to Russia and impressed Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The memo also alleges CIA Director John Brennan was tipped off by British intelligence officials in August 2016 about intercepted communications between Trump’s campaign and Moscow. The CIA followed up and discovered Putin was personally involved in election interference.

The memo includes allegations that Trump may be connected to a prominent Russian mobster who operated a gambling and money laundering ring out of an apartment in Trump Tower.

News reports on Monday revealed that Trump and many of his top campaign aides have been subpoenaed and ordered to disclose all communication among each other.

Dems’ Rebuttal Contradicts Key Republican Claims in Controversial Memo

Rep. Adam Schiff.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A declassified Republican memo that President Trump claimed “vindicates” him is full of “distortions and misrepresentations,” according to a Democratic rebuttal that undercuts the GOP’s core arguments.

The rebuttal, released late Saturday afternoon, includes key FBI documents that contain the exact wording used by the bureau to gain authority to spy on a former Trump campaign operative. 

The Republican majority on the House Intelligence Committee released its memo in January, claiming the FBI misled a secret surveillance court by failing to mention the origins of a controversial dossier used as evidence to secure a warrant to surveil Carter Page, who was under investigation for being a Russian operative. Trump and some Republicans used the memo, which was partially funded by the Democrats, to bolster their claim that the FBI was on a partisan mission to destroy Trump’s candidacy.

But the Democratic rebuttal, which Trump initially declined to release, offers a more detailed and nuanced explanation of the FBI’s handling of the dossier and suggests the FISA court knew Steele was an anti-Trump source. In the rebuttal, Democrats cited a key line in the bureau’s documents that state “the FBI speculates” Steele was hired to find “information that could be used to discredit Campaign #1’s (Trump’s) campaign. That contradicts the key claim by Republicans and Trump who alleged the FBI failed to mention the political nature of the dossier.

“This is a pretty thorough demolition,” Julian Sanchez, an expert on surveillance at the libertarian Cato Institute, wrote on Twitter about the rebuttal memo.

The rebuttal also points out that Page was under investigation long before the dossier was used to extend the warrant because the FBI feared he was a Russian operative.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said on Sunday that the dossier undermines the argument that the bureau is part of the “deep state.”

“I’m not surprised the White House tried to bury this memo response as long as they could,” Schiff said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” ‘’But it’s important for the public to see the facts, that the FBI acted appropriately in seeking a warrant on Carter Page, that they are not part of some deep state as the president would like the public to believe. ”

Still, Trump slammed the memo in a tweet Sunday: “The Democrat memo response on government surveillance abuses is a total political and legal BUST. Just confirms all of the terrible things that were done. SO ILLEGAL!”

Dossier on Trump-Russia Connections Funded by Clinton Campaign, DNC

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A now-famous dossier that has become a lightening rod in the midst of the investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign was funded in part by the Democratic National Convention and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

The Washington Post reports that Marc Elias, a lawyer for the Clinton campaign and the DNC, hired Washington-based firm Fusion GPS to conduct the research. 

Fusion then hired Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with a history of working for the U.S. intelligence community, to investigate the Trump-Russia connection and write the dossier.

Elias and his law firm, Perkins Coie, worked with Fusion GPS from April until days before the presidential election.

British Spy Who Wrote Trump Dossier Interviewed by Mueller’s Team

Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The former British spy who wrote the salacious dossier on Russia’s role in the presidential election met with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators over the summer, CNN reports

The dossier by Christopher Steele, a former MI-6 officer, helped spawn the investigation into Russia’s involvement in the presidential election.

While investigators have said in the past that they cannot confirm the validity of the dossier’s contents, they took it more seriously than they let on publicly.

CNN reported:

The intelligence agencies, particularly the CIA, and the FBI took Steele’s research seriously enough that they kept it out of a publicly-released January report on Russian meddling in the election in order to not divulge which parts of the dossier they had corroborated and how.

This contrasts with attempts by President Donald Trump and some lawmakers to discredit Steele and the memos he produced.

Ever since the dossier came to light in January, Trump and his allies have repeatedly insisted that it is a complete work of fiction. He told The New York Times this summer that the dossier “was totally made-up stuff.” In a series of tweets earlier this year, Trump said the memos were written by a “failed spy” who had relied on “totally made-up facts by sleazebag political operatives.”

British Spy Behind Salacious Trump Dossier Met with FBI, Provided Named Sources

Donald TrumpBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The British spy behind the salacious and unsubstantiated dossier about Donald Trump’s ties to Russia met with the FBI and provided names of his sources.

Former M16 agent Christopher Steele, who wrote a 35-page report, claiming Kremlin officials had blackmailed Trump as part of a their plot to interfere with the presidential election, ABC News reports

Lawmakers also want to interview Steele, and they could compel him to talk.

It wasn’t immediately clear what other information Steele provided the FBI.

FBI Grilled Trump Adviser Carter Page for 10-Plus Hours on Russia

Carter Page, former campaign advisor for Donald Trump.

Carter Page, former campaign advisor for Donald Trump.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s former foreign policy adviser, Carter Page, has acknowledged he has was extensively questioned by the FBI in March in connection with the ongoing investigation into alleged collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

In an unverified collection of memos popularly known as the Trump-Russia dossier, Page is accused of being the middleman between the campaign and Russia.

The dossier, written by Christopher Steele, a former British spy who spent years working in Moscow, alleges Page was part of a “well-developed conspiracy of cooperation between (Trump associates) and the Russian leadership.”

Page said he denied the allegations during five FBI interviews that lasted more than a combined 10 hours.

Steele is no stranger to the FBI. During his time on British intelligence agency’s M16 Moscow desk, the FBI repeatedly worked with him on Russia-related investigations.

In a message to CNBC, Page said:

During my extensive discussions with the FBI agents just weeks before Comey’s departure, they acknowledged that I’m a loyal American veteran but indicated that their ‘management’ was concerned that I did not believe the conclusions of the fake January 6 intelligence report. I told them that I learned the lessons from the intelligence failures of the original Dodgy Dossier from 2003 which cost this country thousands of service members lives and over a trillion dollars. Our frank and open conversations gave me confidence that there are still logical, honest individuals at the Bureau who respect civil rights and the Constitution, despite the recent devastating impact on our democracy by self-centered politicians at the top of the Clinton-Obama-Comey regime.

Judicial Watch Suing to Get Info on Relationship Between FBI and Ex-British Spy Who Compiled Trump Dossier

spy graphic

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group, wants information about the relationship between the FBI and former British spy Christopher Steele, who helped compiled a dossier alleging that Trump advisers colluded with the Russian government and that Trump met up with Russian prostitutes, according to the Daily Caller.

A lawsuit seeks all records of communications between FBI officials and Steele, who runs the London-based consulting firm, Orbis Business Intelligence.

The organization also wants records of any discussions of payments from the FBI to Steele for his work compiling the dossier, which consists of 17 memos.

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