Former British spy and Russian Dossier author Christopher Steele released an official statement Tuesday; responding to the Inspector General’s report that confirmed his document was used to obtain FISA warrants against top Trump officials.
“Christopher Steele Was Never a Confidential Human Source (‘CHS’) for the FBI With Respect to Any Matter. At numerous places in the Report, the OIG applies the label ‘CHS’ to Christopher Steele. In 2013, after having received a number of Orbis reports done for private clients, the FBI decided it wanted to engage Christopher Steele to conduct investigations on the FBI’s behalf,” writes the statement.
“The FBI at that time had no history of contracting out work to private investigatory firms. The question then was how to characterize the relationship between Orbis, Christopher Steele, and the FBI. Orbis and Christopher Steele repeatedly told the FBI that he could not be a CHS because his obligations to his former government employer prohibited his acting in such a capacity,” adds the release.
“Christopher Steele’s wife, because of her UK government employment, disclosed the relationship in the same terms. In fact, work done by Orbis for the FBI was performed not just by Christopher Steele but also by Orbis Co-Director Christopher Burrows, various Orbis employees, and Orbis source networks. Discussions and messages between the FBI and Orbis as to payments for work done included Christopher Burrows as well as Christopher Steele. All payments from the FBI were received by Orbis, not by any individual,” concludes the statement.
Read the full press release here.
CARTER PAGE ON HANNITY: Here’s Why I’m Suing the Democratic Party
The former Trump campaign associate at the heart of the DOJ’s escalating FISA abuse scandal sat-down with Sean Hannity Monday night to discuss his reasons for suing the Democratic Party.
Carter Page lashed-out at former Obama officials and left-wing politicians for undermining the United States’ “democratic system,” adding he was trying to “get some justice” for the American people.
“Carter Page, you’re in the center of this. We know that fraud was committed on FISA judges… Now you have Rod Rosenstein refusing to testify under oath. You’re suing the DNC?” asked Hannity.
“It goes beyond any damages or the financial aspects. There’s been so many lies. When you look at the damage it did to our democratic systems and our institutions of government back in 2016. I’m just trying to get some justice in terms of getting some disclosure,” said Page.
Watch Carter Page on ‘Hannity’ above.
CAUGHT ON TAPE? Gowdy Says Secret FBI Transcripts Can be a ‘Game Changer’ on FISA Scandal
Former GOP Congressman Trey Gowdy weighed-in Monday on the ongoing FISA abuse scandal sweeping the Department of Justice; saying unearthed FBI transcripts could be a “game changer” on the agency’s activities during the 2016 election.
“Unreleased transcripts from secretly recorded conversations between FBI informants and ex-Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos could be game-changing if the public were ever allowed to see them, according to former Rep. Trey Gowdy,” reports Fox News.
“If the bureau’s going to send in an informant in, the informant’s going to be wired, and if the bureau is monitoring telephone calls, there’s going to be a transcript of that,” he said.
“Some of us have been fortunate enough to know whether or not those transcripts exist. But they haven’t been made public, and I think one, in particular … has the potential to actually persuade people,” he said. “Very little in this Russia probe I’m afraid is going to persuade people who hate Trump or love Trump. But there is some information in these transcripts that has the potential to be a game-changer if it’s ever made public.”
Gowdy stopped by ‘Hannity’ last week to comment on the Attorney General’s recent appointment of a US attorney to investigate the origins of the Russia probe; saying he wants to know how the FBI “assessed” Christopher Steele and his now-debunked dossier.
“What questions would you like answered?” asked Hannity.
“This is the fourth person in charge of investigating the origins of the Russia probe, so I’m more interested in how quickly they do it and how effectively they do it,” said Gowdy.
“There’s an easy roadmap to follow… I want to know the origins of when the bureau began to intermingle the Trump campaign with the Russia probe. What are the origins? Then I want to know how the FBI assessed Christopher Steele; they have their own internal documents,” he added.
Watch Gowdy on ‘Hannity’ above.