‘Misconduct was no impediment to using information from his Russia intelligence collaborators to spy on the Trump team…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Judicial Watch uncovered 70 pages of redacted documents showing that the FBI terminated its relationship with Christopher Steele, who assembled the dossier that began the investigation into President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, because he disclosed his relationship with the FBI to a third party.
“These new docs show the shady, cash-based relationship the Obama FBI had with Clinton operative Christopher Steele,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch. “The anti-Trump Russia ‘investigation’ had Christopher Steele at its center and his misconduct was no impediment to using information from his Russia intelligence collaborators to spy on the Trump team. The corruption and abuse is astonishing.”
The Clinton Campaign and the Democratic National Committee hired Steele, a former British spy, to investigate Trump, Judicial Watch reported.
The documents found 11 payments from the FBI to Steele and his company, Orbis Business Intelligence, in 2016.
These documents show that Steele “was not to operate to obtain any intelligence whatsoever on behalf of the FBI,” yet Obama’s FBI used Steele’s dossier as evidence to continue the Russian interference investigation.
The FBI said Steele revealed, in an online news article, his relationship with the FBI as well as information he had given to the FBI.
Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in May 2017 against the U.S. Department of Justice because it failed to provide documents related to payments and communications between Steele and the FBI.
The documents released on Friday, Aug.3 are the result of that lawsuit.
A Judicial Watch lawsuit in July also discovered the FISA Court that gave the warrant to spy on Carter Page, foreign policy advisor to presidential candidate Donald Trump, lacked vital information. The FBI never informed the FISA Court that the information justifying the warrant came from a dossier compiled by Fusion GPS, a group paid by Clinton and the DNC to hire Steele.