Posted by Curt on 7 March, 2018 at 6:27 pm. 7 comments already!


The House Select Committee on Intelligence has John Kerry in its crosshairs – as Congressional investigators explore what involvement, if any, the former Secretary of State had in the unverified “Steele dossier” which relied on intelligence from high level Kremlin officials at a time when US-Russia relations were deteriorating.

Assembled by former British spy Christopher Steele, the “dossier” is actually a collection of memos which contain both wildly salacious claims and loosely factual information – much of it based on hearsay or public knowledge.

Steele was paid $168,000 by opposition research firm Fusion GPS, while Fusion was funded by the DNC and the Clinton campaign. The FBI, however, had previously agreed to pay Steele $50,000 if he could verify the dossier’s claims – which he was unable to do.

After the House Intel Committee majority released their four-page “FISA memo” detailing how senior officials at the FBI and DOJ used the unverified and highly biased Steele dossier to obtain a FISA warant, and the House Intel Committee minority released their own “counter memo,” the investigation moved into Phase II. 

Phase II

House Intel Committee chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) gave us a peek behind the curtain in early February, telling Fox’s Bret Baier “We are in the middle of what I call phase two of our investigation, which involves other departments, specifically the State Department and some of the involvement that they had in this.” 

While it is unclear what role the State Department may have in surveillance abuses, the Washington Examiner‘s Byron York noted last month that former MI6 spy, Christopher Steele, was “well-connected with the Obama State Department,” according to the book Collusion: Secret meetings, dirty money, and how Russia helped Donald Trump win” written by The Guardian correspondent Luke Harding.

Harding notes that Steele’s work during the World Cup soccer corruption investigation earned the trust of both the FBI and the State Department:

The [soccer] episode burnished Steele’s reputation inside the U.S. intelligence community and the FBI. Here was a pro, a well-connected Brit, who understood Russian espionage and its subterranean tricks. Steele was regarded as credible. Between 2014 and 2016, Steele authored more than a hundred reports on Russia and Ukraine. These were written for a private client but shared widely within the State Department and sent up to Secretary of State John Kerry and to Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, who was in charge of the U.S. response to the Ukraine crisis.

Shedding more light on the subject is longtime Kerry colleague and Steele pal, Jonathan Winer – who penned a Feb. 8 op-ed in the Washington Post entitled “Devin Nunes is investigating me: Here’s the Truth”

From Winer – along with a Senate Judiciary Committee criminal referral of Christopher Steele – we learned that several Clinton allies were also connected to both the dossier and the Kerry State Department.

Winer notes that “in late September [2016], I spoke with an old friend, Sidney Blumenthal, whom I met 30 years ago when I was investigating the Iran-contra affair for then-Sen. Kerry and Blumenthal was a reporter at The Post. At the time, Russian hacking was at the front and center in the 2016 presidential campaign. The emails of Blumenthal, who had a long association with Bill and Hillary Clinton, had been hacked in 2013 through a Russian server.

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