Memo dated Jan. 4, 2018
Memo by Senators Charles E. Grassley and Lindsey O. Graham
Memo to Rod J. Rosenstein, Deputy AG, and Christopher A. Wray, FBI Director
British spy Christopher Steele hired by Fusion GPS in June 2016. His assignment: Get Trump.
Steele’s so-called “dossier” was published by BuzzFeed in January 2017.
Legal firm Perkins Cole was the conduit for money paid to Fusion GPS by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton campaign.
In December 2017, Senator Graham and others reviewed four FISA court applications which had relied on the Steele dossier to seek surveillance of private citizen Carter Page. Steele was considered “reliable” by the FBI.
The FBI filed its first FISA application against citizen Carter Page on October 21, 2016. (The impetus seems to have been a proposed “insurance policy” against the eventuality that Donald Trump might win the presidential election.) The FISA application relied heavily on spy Steele’s presumed credibility. A Yahoo News article was also used to buttress the allegations. The Yahoo News article, by Michael Isikoff, had been published a month earlier, on September 23, 2016. “REDACTED… The FBI does not believe that [Steele] directly provided this information to the press”.
(Not DIRECTLY. But through a cut-out or intermediary Steele may have indirectly provided the information to Isikoff at Yahoo News.)
The FBI suspended its relationship with Steele in October 2016 because of Steele’s “unauthorized disclosure of information to the press.” Yet the FBI still used Steele’s “dossier” that same month for its first FISA application.
DOJ official Bruce Ohr was in contact with both Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele. Bruce Ohr’s wife was at this same time working for Fusion GPS on its “get Trump” project.
In British litigation, Steele admitted that some information in his “dossier” came from unsolicited sources bearing unverified allegations. One of these unsolicited sources lurked in the U.S. State Department and the unverified information “came from a foreign sub-source who ‘is in touch with REDACTED, a contact of REDACTED, a friend of the Clintons, who passed it to REDACTED.'”
(Source: Grassley/Graham Memo, January 4, 2018.)