Unless you have been completely cut off from the outside world for the last two years, you have likely heard the terms ‘Steele dossier’, ‘Russian collusion’, and ‘FISA’ thrown around in political news.
What is the Steele dossier?
The Steele dossier is a series of memos that alleged supposed “links” between Russian government, the Trump campaign and the 2016 election authored by Christopher Steele, a former British M16 intelligence officer. In April 2016, Clinton attorney Mark Elias of Perkins Coie hired Fusion GPS to perform opposition research for the upcoming election. In June 2016, Fusion GPS subcontracted Steele through Orbis Business Intelligence to research and compose the dossier. Steele was technically being paid by Fusion GPS, but Fusion GPS was being paid by Perkins Coie, who was counsel to the Clinton campaign. Perkins Coie spent $1.02 million in fees and expenses to Fusion. What this means is that Steele was ultimately on the payroll of both the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Clinton campaign. The DNC and Clinton campaign ceased funding of the dossier after the election, but Steele continued work on the dossier when Glenn Simpson (co-founder of Fusion GPS) agreed to continue paying him.
The dossier is made up of 17 memos produced between June and December 2016. Steele presented the dossier to British and American intel services in late 2016 because he believed that his findings were “a matter of national…security for both countries” and alleged that Trump was being blackmailed by Russia. After the FBI was made aware of the dossier they paid Steele to continue collecting information on Trump, however the public release of the dossier ended the direct relationship between Steele and the FBI. Steele was barred from working with the FBI in November 2016 due to the media leak of the dossier.
The Mother Jones Story
The dossier was common knowledge among journalists by late 2016, but none chose to publish information that could not be confirmed. The dossier is made up of allegations from secret Russian sources, making it near impossible to fact check. On October 31, 2016 progressive magazine Mother Jones ran a story titled “A Veteran Spy Has Given the FBI Information Alleging Operation to Cultivate Donald Trump.” This story was obviously referring to Steele’s dossier, however he remained unnamed in the story. If you know anything about magazines you know that the number one goal is to sell copies. Therefore, magazines publish sensational headlines in order to move copies off the shelves and into peoples’ hands. This story was no different. The first media allegations regarding the dossier were rooted in a sensationalized headline made to sell magazines and somehow has turned into a massive rebellion against Trump by the liberal media (as per usual).
Bruce Ohr – Number Four in Obama’s Justice Department
On July 1, 2016 Steele opened correspondence with the fourth most powerful person in Obama’s Justice Department, Bruce Ohr, about the dossier. On July 30, 2016 Ohr and Steele met to speak about “substantive issues” regarding Donald Trump and Steele offered to open communication between Simpson and Ohr. On July 31, 2016 anti-Trump FBI investigator Peter Strzok opened a federal investigation into the “collusion” using the dossier. On January 31, 2017 Steele sent a text message to Ohr that read “just wanted to check you are OK, and able to help locally as discussed, along with your bureau colleagues.”
These messages prove one thing for sure; Bruce Ohr was the link between the FBI and the DNC. Ohr was feeding the FBI information and in doing so, broke their own rules since the FBI was not to work with Steele after November 2016. I’m starting to notice a theme, are you? Layers upon layers to hide the involvement of Clinton and the DNC in the production, distribution, and investigation into the dossier. I’m sensing less Russian collusion, and more collusion and conspiracy between the Obama Administration, the Clinton Campaign, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The reason that Steele pushed the dossier so hard seems to be less of his own volition and more because he was paid by the Clintons to dare I say, be a whistleblower. James Comey himself described the dossier contents as “salacious and unverified.” Somehow, this salacious and unverified document funded by the DNC and the Clinton campaign became the main evidence in obtaining a FISA warrant to spy on an American citizen and Trump campaign employee, Carter Page. Part II will be an in-depth look at why this FISA warrant is not only a miscarriage of justice but an abuse of power on the governments’ part, and you can find it here.