This is huge.
We now have found out that Inspector General Michael Horowitz, whose report on what really happened during the 2016 campaign – including how the “investigation” of Donald Trump came to be – will be released in the coming weeks…
…spent 16 hours last month, interviewing Christopher Steele, the Trump-hating British national who, using Russian sources almost exclusively, created a dossier that, apparently, was the basis for launching the Trump “investigation”.
From Adam Goldman, Charlie Savage and Matthew Rosenberg’s article for the New York Times:
Inside a London office building in early June, three investigators for the Justice Department’s inspector general took a crucial step toward clearing the political fallout from the Russia investigation: They spent two days interviewing Christopher Steele, the former British spy whose now-infamous dossier of purported links between Trump associates and Russia ended up in the hands of the F.B.I. ahead of the 2016 election.
The investigators pored over Mr. Steele’s old memos and his contemporaneous notes from meetings with F.B.I. agents in the fall of 2016, according to a person familiar with the investigation. They asked Mr. Steele to explain in detail how he had validated his sources inside Russia, how he communicated with them, and how he decided which of their claims to include in his reports. They spoke at length about Mr. Steele’s work with the F.B.I. on other Russia-related investigations and his contacts with a senior Justice Department official.
The interview was a key step in the investigation by the inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, into the facts underlying a bitter partisan feud: Did F.B.I. officials do anything wrong in 2016 when they sought to understand the Trump campaign’s links to Russia — including how they used information from Mr. Steele?
It would be hard to overstate the significance of this interview.
It has already been reported that Steele admitted he could not verify the contents of the dossier.
From an article by Katelyn Polantz, published by the avidly Trump-hating cnn.com:
Christopher Steele admitted during a lawsuit deposition that he used internet searches and unverified information to support details he had gathered about a web company mentioned in the dossier, according to select pages of his deposition transcript that a federal court unsealed this week.
Additionally, there have been leaks that Steele acknowledged one of his Russian sources padded his information with personal assumptions/positions.
This raises so many questions about the conduct/behavior of the FBI and Department of Justice about how they used the Steele Dossier, that one blog would not be enough.
But here’s one of the most pivotal questions of all: when then-FBI Director James Comey presented the dossier to the FISA court, did he swear the information was verified?
Because if he did, he was committing a felony.
From John Solomon’s article at thehill.com, December 8 of last year:
The towering ex-FBI boss confessed that the FBI had not corroborated much of the Steele dossier before it was submitted as evidence to a secret court to support a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in the final weeks of the election.
And Comey admitted much of the dossier remained uncorroborated more than six months later when he was fired by President Trump.
I don’t know about you, but it would do my heart good to see this arrogant, smirking hack, whose behavior indelibly stained the FBI’s reputation, taken down.
And, if the Horowitz report tells us what I think it is likely it will, he’ll just be one of many…very possibly including a former presidential candidate.