by WorldTribune Staff, September 6, 2018
The FBI relied heavily on the Christopher Steele dossier to obtain wiretaps in the Trump-Russia investigation even though its own source assessment concluded his work was “minimally corroborated,” documents released under the Freedom of Information Act revealed.
The FBI’s official “Human Source Validation Report” on Steele said it had only “medium confidence” in the ex-British spy’s work. The report was obtained by The Washington Times under the FOIA.
The FBI fired Steele in November 2016 after he admitted to leaking the dossier to the media just days before the election. He also disclosed he was an FBI source.
In its assessment of Steele’s reliability, the FBI said it had only “medium confidence” in his information “based on the fact that [his] reporting has been minimally corroborated.”
“That poor grade did not stop the FBI from continuing to use Steele’s Democratic Party-financed dossier to convince judges to place a wiretap on Trump volunteer Carter Page, starting in October 2016. The FBI renewed the wiretap three more times during 2017,” Rowan Scarborough noted in a Sept. 6 report for the Washington Times.
The report also revealed that the FBI cited a Yahoo News story on Page’s trip to Moscow in July 2016 as evidence in obtaining the wiretap. The source for the Yahoo story was Steele.
In the dossier, Steele levels about a dozen collusion charges against Trump associates and others.
Page has long denied he is a foreign agent or that he spoke to Kremlin people cited by Steele. He has not been charged.