(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today the FBI turned over 70 pages of heavily redacted records about Christopher Steele, the former British spy, hired with Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee funds, who authored the infamous Dossier targeting President Trump during last year’s presidential campaign. The documents show that Steele was cut off as a “Confidential Human Source” (CHS) after he disclosed his relationship with the FBI to a third party. The documents show at least 11 FBI payments to Steele in 2016 and document that he was admonished for unknown reasons in February 2016. The documents were turned over in response to Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice for records of communications and payments between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele and his private firm, Orbis Business Intelligence (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:17-cv-00916)).
From Judicial Watch:
“Judicial Watch uncovered 70 pages of heavily redacted documents showing the shady cash-based relationship between the Comey FBI and Christopher Steele who at the same time was working for the Clinton / DNC-funded Fusion GPS to dig up fake dirt on then-candidate Trump. Pretty extraordinary stuff.
It’s one thing to hear in news articles that Christopher Steele had been paid by the FBI, but here we have the documents showing he met with the FBI at least thirteen times during the 2016 campaign season – with eleven of those times resulting in cash payments. So he’s getting money from the Clinton campaign, and he’s also getting money from the FBI.
The first major document talks about Christopher Steele being admonished early in 2016, yet he meets with the FBI repeatedly afterward. And finally, in November 2016, the documents show that – because he was leaking his relationship with the FBI – he’s deemed ‘not suitable’ as a confidential human source. So this source who was deemed ‘not suitable’ then is repeatedly used to justify FISA warrants to spy on the Trump team. It shows there is corruption at the heart of the Russia investigation.”
A government agency using taxpayer money to make fake dirt for one campaign to use against the other campaign…?
“These new docs show the shady, cash-based relationship the Obama FBI had with Clinton operative Christopher Steele. 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.” — Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.