Washington Examiner: Christopher Steele admitted using posts by ‘random individuals’ on CNN website to back up Trump dossier

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/steele-admitted-in-court-he-used-unverified-website-to-support-the-trump-dossier

We already knew the Steele dossier to be a fabulation. This new detail explains how the fable was constructed. The dossier’s role in the FBI’s application for surveillance warrants makes this revelation important. Every American should be concerned over the potential for such a farce to be repeated.

11 thoughts on “Washington Examiner: Christopher Steele admitted using posts by ‘random individuals’ on CNN website to back up Trump dossier

  1. We already knew the Steele dossier to be a fabulation?

    We know no such thing. It has already been shown to be accurate in many material respects. And, we do no have access to most of Mueller’s evidence and lines of inquiry. Why not just admit it – Trump is not just a huckster and TV clown, he is also a criminal and a traitor.

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    1. We never knew his sources, until now. And now it is indisputable that “raw intelligence” = bad data, or no basis for the warrants it was used to obtain.

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      1. It was not used to obtain warrants. It was a footnote to evidence directly collected by American national security professionals. And, of course, leaving aside the yet to be confirmed pee tape, it is accurate in all material respects. Besides, given that the source of the material is a respected and known intelligence professional, would itself be probable cause for the kind of warrant being sought anyway.

        In a nutshell, Trump is a Putin asset and anyone who has an open mind can see that clearly in the evidence made public so far, his statements and in his behavior.

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        1. RE: “It was not used to obtain warrants. It was a footnote to evidence directly collected by American national security professionals.”

          Wrong. The House Intelligence Committee found otherwise: “The ‘dossier’ compiled by Christopher Steele (Steele dossier) on behalf of the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign formed an essential part of the Carter Page FISA application.”

          If you Google around a bit, you’ll also find public statements by James Comey, James Clapper and Andrew McCabe, to name a few, confirming the Committee’s finding.

          It is by now both an established fact the dossier is completly bogus and a matter of concern that it was used illegally to justify spying on American citizens.

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  2. When applying for a FISA court warrant, the applicant must swear that the supporting information is factual to the best of his knowledge.

    Not rumor, or “raw intelligence”(much like raw sewerage) but factual.

    That standard was not met, and knowingly so. Those who signed the applications should be on the way to prison for commiting a fraud on the court and violating the rights of those illegally surveilled under color of authority.

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    1. Baloney. “Probable cause” is not the same as “factual.” You are deliberately conflating the need for prosecutors to be honest in what they present to a court and the nature of what they present. And you are making up a standard that does not exist. There is zero reason to believe than ANY of the material presented to ANY FISA court was know by the prosecutors to be false.

      In your usual Trump enthusiast way, you want to pretend that the Steele Dossier was the basis for warrants. It was not. In spite of all the Trump lies, its peripheral role in the material presented to the FISA Court is well-documented.

      Someone – in fact many someones – are on the way to prison and it is NOT those people fulfilling their mission of following the evidence even when it leads to powerful public figures. It is the traitor and his minions, not the cops doing their job, who are headed for the Big House.

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