It’s no wonder the White House is getting upset about House Republicans’ Weaponization Committee.
For example, even Senate Republicans are pulling back the veil.
GRASSLEY: Whistleblower disclosures “make clear the FBI has within its possession very significant impactful & voluminous evidence with respect to potential criminal conduct by Hunter and James Biden. These disclosures also allege that Joe Biden was aware”pic.twitter.com/NsCIagYBu9
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) February 9, 2023
As the 2016 election began to really take shape, the nation watched in horror as the Democratic Party threw their reputations aside and began to make some of the most ludicrous political claims of the modern era.
They were attempting to convince the nation that Donald Trump, then the Republican nominee for President, some sort of Russian double agent.
Heck, they even went so far as to suggest that they knew why he was allegedly aligned with Vladimir Putin, too: The Russian President supposedly held some salacious evidence of Trump’s purported activities with Muscovite prostitutes.
At least, this was according to Christopher Steele, whose dossier of fanciful, unverifiable claims about Trump was somehow used to procure a warrant that allowed the FBI to spy on members of the Trump campaign.
Now we’re learning that the FBI even went so far as to offer Steele a rather large sum of cash had he been able to prove his claims.
The FBI offered ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele $1 million to corroborate salacious allegations made in his dossier against former President Donald Trump and members of his 2016 campaign, but he was unable to do so, an FBI official testified Tuesday.
FBI supervisory counterintelligence analyst Brian Auten was the first witness in the trial of Igor Danchenko, the Russian national who served as the primary sub-source for Steele’s anti-Trump dossier and has been charged with five counts of making false statements to the bureau.
Auten testified that he and a group of FBI agents went overseas in early October 2021 to speak with Steele about the dossier. During questioning by Special Counsel John Durham on Tuesday, Auten said that during those meetings the FBI offered Steele $1 million if he could corroborate allegations in the dossier. Auten testified that Steele could not do so.
Auten also said that the FBI had no corroboration of allegations in the dossier but nevertheless took that information and inserted it into the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
“On October 21, 2016 [the date of the Carter Page FISA application], did you have any information to corroborate that information?” Durham asked.
“No,” Auten said, confirming that the FBI began receiving Steele’s reports, later known as the dossier, on Sept. 19, 2016, and submitted its first FISA application on Page on Oct. 21, 2016.
The Steele dossier and its subsequent FISA warrant have long been considered one of the more scandalous attacks made toward Donald Trump’s political career, and it would go a long way toward rebuilding the public trust if something was done about it.