The FBI’s continued use of Christopher Steele after they claimed they stopped using him

The FBI’s continued use of Christopher Steele after they claimed they stopped using him is a great slight of hand trick. The FBI had told the FISA Court that they were no longer using Christopher Steel as a source but his dossier was still good to go. Now enter Bruce Ohr from the Department of Justice. He now became to go-between for the FBI and Steele. Ohr also has a load of baggage in conflicts of interests. Read all about that here.

As Written and Reported by Eric Felten for the Weekly Standard:

Did the FBI really sever its relationship with Christopher Steele?

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What exactly does it mean for the FBI to suspend its relationship with a source? What does it mean when that relationship has been “closed”? The answers to those questions may provide insight into whether the FBI and Department of Justice, in their applications for surveillance warrants against Carter Page, were fully forthcoming with the secret federal court that considers such requests.

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The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act documents released on July 21 after a FOIA lawsuit from USA Today show the government informing the court that the FBI had “suspended its relationship” with Christopher Steele. Steele is the former British spy who was the Justice Department’s “Source #1” for its warrant applications targeting Carter Page. FISA warrants must be renewed every 90 days, and in the first such renewal filing with the court in January 2017, it was revealed that the suspension came after Steele was caught talking to the press, which the FBI had told him not to do.

The FISA filing explains at length why Steele felt driven to break his word: In late October, FBI director James Comey had “sent a letter to the U.S. Congress, which stated that the FBI had learned of new information that might be pertinent to an investigation that the FBI was conducting of Candidate #2.” That would be the inquiry into Hillary Clinton and her emails. Comey’s action made Steele mad: “Source #1 told the FBI that he/she was frustrated with this action and believed it would likely influence the 2016 U.S. Presidential election…..


The FBI’s Long Break-Up with Christopher Steele


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