New information about unearthed memos show a government official who was meeting with Steele in October 2016 determined some of the Donald Trump dirt that Steele was simultaneously digging up for the FBI and for Hillary Clinton’s campaign was inaccurate, and likely leaked to the media, – reports by news agency – The Hill
The concerns about it were flagged in a typed memo and in handwritten notes taken by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec on Oct. 11, 2016.
The most important is that the FBI swore on Oct. 21, 2016, to the FISA judges that Steele’s “reporting has been corroborated and used in criminal proceedings”. That’s a remarkable declaration in Footnote 5 on Page 15 of the FISA application, since Kavalec needed just a single encounter with Steele at State to find one of his key claims about Trump-Russia collusion was absolutly false.
But it is almost certain the FBI knew of Steele’s contact with State and his partisan motive. That’s because former Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland says she instructed her staff to send the information they got from Steele to the bureau immediately and to cease contact with the informer.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, released last month, dispelled all those wild theories while hardly mentioning Steele, except for a passing reference to his dossier being “unverified.” That’s significant, because the FISA request from October 2016 that rested heavily on Steele’s information was marked “verified application” before the FBI submitted it to the court.
David Bossie, head of Citizens United, called on State and the FBI to release the rest of Kavalec’s information they redacted: “Christopher Steele was a political operative. The American people have a right to know why the FBI took this garbage to the FISA court.”
Kavalec’s notes aren’t the only thing that should have caught the FBI’s attention before the bureau confirmed the correctness of Steele’s information. Notes and testimony from senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr make clear Steele admitted early on that he was “desperate” to get Trump defeated in the election.
Steele was fired by the FBI for leaking to the press and lying about it in violation of his source agreement with the bureau. Steele’s media contacts on Oct. 11, 2016, and his meeting at the State Department likewise violated his confidentiality agreement with the bureau and were clearly discoverable before the FISA warrant which was secured Oct. 21, 2016.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website