Former Secretary of State John Kerry was reportedly briefed on the infamous ‘Trump Dossier’ in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, raising new and alarming questions over the relationship between former British spy Christopher Steele and the Obama administration as Americans headed to the polls.
According to the Washington Post, John Kerry was the last senior Obama official to review the salacious material in “late 2016,” adding that “It’s not uncommon for private consulting or intelligence reports to be consumed by State Department officials.”
“There’s nothing nefarious about the State Department accepting material from Steele from 2014 to 2016,” writes the Post. “At that time, he was a well-respected former intelligence official from an allied country with deep experience in Russia. Officials couldn’t have known that Steele would become controversial for reporting on Trump, because that hadn’t happened yet.”
The left-leaning newspaper was commenting on a recent report from the Washington Examiner detailing the relationship between Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele, and the Trump Dossier to former President Barack Obama’s State Department.
“They’re also seeking to learn what individual State Department officials did in relation to Steele, and whether there were any contacts between the State Department and the FBI or Justice Department concerning the anti-Trump material,” wrote the Examiner.
BOMBSHELL: British Spy Behind 'Trump Dossier' Ordered to Speak
The former British spy who authored the infamous ‘Trump Dossier’ will be forced to speak on-record over his role behind the shady document when he gives his deposition in an ongoing libel case against the publishers of the unverified report.
According to Fox News, former MI6 operative Christopher Steele has been ordered to give an official deposition in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the website Buzzfeed and the events surrounding their decision to publish the shady dossier.
The former spy is fighting the decision in court; waging his own legal battle against the US District Court Judge who ordered his deposition, claiming it violates the privacy of his sources and clients.
Steele and opposition research firm Fusion GPS have been under investigation since Buzzfeed published the now debunked, 35-page dossier that contained salacious allegations against President Trump.
The document was used as a pretense to launch special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into allegations the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials.
The President has routinely denied any accusations contained in the dossier, describing the document as “fake news” and “phony.”
“It’s all fake news. It’s phony stuff. It didn’t happen,” said the President “And it was gotten by opponents of ours, as you know, because you reported it and so did many of the other people. It was a group of opponents that got together — sick people — and they put that crap together.”
BREAKING: GOP Senators DEMAND CRIMINAL Investigation into Trump Dossier
Two senior Republican Senators are publicly calling for a criminal investigation into the author behind the infamous Trump Dossier; demanding the Department of Justice launch a probe of former British spy Christopher Steele.
According to the Hill, Senators Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham sent a scathing letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray, urging the DOJ to open a criminal investigation of Steele and his role behind the creation of the debunked dossier.
“I don’t take lightly making a referral for criminal investigation. But, as I would with any credible evidence of a crime unearthed in the course of our investigations, I feel obliged to pass that information along to the Justice Department for appropriate review,” said Grassley.
“After reviewing how Mr. Steele conducted himself in distributing information contained in the dossier and how many stop signs the DOJ ignored in its use of the dossier, I believe that a special counsel needs to review this matter,” added Graham.
The shady opposition firm Fusion GPS –who hired Steele to create the document- continues to refuse to cooperate with federal investigators.
Congressional leaders are struggling to determine with the phony dossier was used as a pretense by Obama officials to surveil members of the Trump campaign ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
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