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NYT: FBI Refused To Pay $50K For FISA-Linked Trump Dossier After Former MI6 Agent Failed To Corroborate Claims


  • Former MI6 agent Christopher Steele provided the FBI with a 35 page “pissgate” opposition research dossier on Donald Trump.
  • The New York Times just revealed an agreed upon $50,000 payment if Steele could back it’s claims.
  • When Steele failed to do so, the FBI refused to pay him the $50,000 – implying a low level of confidence in the dossier.
  • Despite the low level of confidence, the FBI then used the dossier as the foundation for a FISA warrant request in September of 2016 as probably cause to spy on Trump campaign associate Carter Page, which was granted.
  • In December, Trump’s attorney Donald McGahn asked Mr. Page to stop holding himself out as an “advisor” to Donald Trump, as he had no role in the Trump campaign, and was engaged in a limited capacity for a one-time foreign policy advisory committee in March.
  • Recall that House Intel Chairman Devin Nunes disclosed the existence of multiple FISA warrants – so it is unclear if this dossier-linked FISA warrant is related to the Susan Rice unmasking scandal.

If one needed any more proof that the absurd and discredited 35 page “pissgate” Trump opposition research dossier was Fake News, look no further than Saturday’s edition of the New York Times – which revealed an arrangement struck between the FBI and the author of the dossier, former MI6 agent Christopher Steele; $50,000 for “solid corroboration” of his claims.

Steele was apparently unable to produce satisfactory evidence – and was ultimately not paid for his efforts:

Up until now, the dossier has been considered discredited since virtually all of it’s wide-ranging claims of financial collusion and lascivious leverage between President Trump, his advisors, and Russia were unproven. Now, however, we know that the FBI had such a low level of confidence in the document that they were unwilling to pay for it.

Where this story takes an even more troublesome turn is the fact that this uncorroborated ‘low confidence’ document was used as the basis for a FISA warrant against former Trump campaign associate Carter Page – an international financier specializing in Russia’s oil and gas markets, and who had a very limited role on a Trump campaign foreign policy advisory committee last March. This means that while the FBI felt the dossier’s claims weren’t solid enough to pay for, they turned around and used it as evidence of probable cause for a September FISA warrant request to spy on Carter Page (which presumably included ‘incidental’ surveillance of anyone he spoke with).

So the FBI used ‘low confidence’ information to fool the FISA court into issuing a Surveillance warrant…

And what exactly were the portions of the discredited dossier used to justify probable cause?

A July 19 memo from Steele’s dossier alleges that the Trump campaign used Page as an intermediary in a “well-developed conspiracy” to help Trump during the election. The source of that claim has since been identified as Sergei Millian, a Belarusian-American businessman who has a history of exaggerating his business ties.

Another July 19 memo from the dossier alleges that Page, a low-level adviser on the campaign who never met Trump, met secretly with Kremlin officials and Igor Sechin, the president of Russian oil giant Rosneft, to discuss relaxing Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia.

Page, an energy consultant, has denied having the secret meeting and says he has never met Sechin. Daily Caller

So while Page did visit Moscow twice in 2016, Christopher Steele’s uncorroborated claims were the foundation for the September FISA warrant.

Furthermore, upon Carter Page’s second return from Moscow last December, Trump’s attorney, Donald McGahn, wrote Mr. Page a letter requesting that he cease holding himself out as an “advisor” to Mr. Trump – considering the very limited scope of Page’s involvement with the Trump campaign:

At the end of the day, the FBI needs to answer for why they felt that an unverified dossier which wasn’t worth paying for was then used as evidence of probable cause in a FISA warrant request.

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  1. heaterman

    Given the weakness of this evidence, and the number of times the FBI flopped about like a fish out of water on this and other related issues, one can surmise pretty safely there was enormous pressure being put on the agency to bend things in a certain way.

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  2. sarcrilege

    We’re just being played for the fools we are. FBI will address problems with unverified dossier which wasn’t worth paying for and then used as evidence of probable cause in a FISA warrant request right after they answer why Crooked Hitlery is still not locked up and pedogate on Anthony Weiner’s laptop is no longer of any interest to them. Carry on..

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  3. Cricket

    Kudos to the NYT for driving a stake through this fake dossier and kudos to zeropointnow for amplifying and expanding the message.

    “At the end of the day, the FBI needs to answer for why they felt that an unverified dossier which wasn’t worth paying for was then used as evidence of probable cause in a FISA warrant request.”

    L Lynch is being very quiet these days, eerily silent.

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  4. Excaliburrrr

    That’s the “dossier.”

    That doesn’t mean the FBI or other intelligence agency didn’t get them separately earlier. Look at the memo’s July dates.

    That’s when the “Trump-Russia” investigation was opened.

    Hillary paid for them, right? Her people got them in July, probably turned them over at the same time. Why not?

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  5. Bob Guccioni

    This is not journalism, this is propaganda. The source article from the NYT does not back up the “implications” and “claims” made by this blog.

    This is what is called “fake news” and the Trump idiots are eating it up with a spoon.

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  6. zeropointnow

    Bob, it should be fairly obvious that the NYT article introduces the $50K payment agreement for corroborating the dossier, while the FISA for Carter Page based on said dossier was known several days ago. Which part is a stretch for you?

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