An Inspector General report recently dropped a bomb regarding the late Senator John McCain, Christopher Steele, and James Comey.
According to the report, McCain provided 5 separate reports from Steele that the then-FBI-Chief Comey hadn’t already possessed. The reports, of course, were related to the accusations of a Trump and Russia collusion.
This proves that McCain was feeding Steele’s information to the FBI, despite the fact that Steele was no longer a source for the Bureau.
Although it is unclear as to whether McCain had knowledge that Steele had been fired as an FBI source, it was questioned why McCain had to deliver Steele’s information at all, since Steele had met several times with FBI agents to provide his reports to them directly.
Christopher Steele was fired as an FBI source in October of 2016 after it was determined that he lied about incriminating information regarding President Trump. Steele provided the same bogus information to the Hillary Clinton campaign.
The lies were discovered and documented in memos by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec on Oct. 11, 2016.
Ten days later, the FBI obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant in order to keep closer tabs (i.e. spy) on the Trump campaign. The FBI used Christopher Steele and his dossier to justify the warrant.
During the application for the warrant, the FBI stated that Steele’s dossier was “corroborated and used in criminal proceedings.” The FBI also assured the judge that they found Steele to be “reliable,” and that the Bureau was “unaware of any derogatory information pertaining [to him].”
This, disappointingly, means that the Federal Bureau of Investigations knowingly used information that was confirmed to be false and inaccurate to justify a warrant intended to spy on presidential candidate, Donald Trump.
What’s worse? The IG report also reveals that an aid for McCain obtained said Steele reports directly from Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS.
Fusion GPS is a commercial research and intelligence firm that conducts investigations for companies, law firms, and political personnel, including opposition research. The company has been known to use controversial tactics during its open-sourced investigations.
Shockingly (or maybe not so much), funding for Fusion’s work was provided by none other than Hillary Clinton’s campaign, as well as the Democratic National Committee (through Perkins Coie Law Firm). This information was kept from the public until 11 months after its release.
The reasoning behind this was explained by Simpson and other co-founder Peter Fritsch’s book, Crime in Progress:
“If it came out too soon that the dossier had been paid for by the Clinton Campaign, that revelation would allow the Republicans to depict [Christopher] Steele’s work as a partisan hit job.”
Fusion GPD denied being a part of the investigation for those 11 months. Likely the only reason the information was ever made public was due to the House Intelligence Committee subpoenaing Fusion’s bank records to determine the source of the funding.
McCain delivered the reports several weeks after the 2016 Presidential Election.
The IG’s report reads:
“Several weeks later, on December 9, 2016, Senator John McCain provided Comey with a collection of 16 Steele election reports, 5 of which Steele had not given the FBI.
McCain had obtained these reports from a staff member at the McCain Institute. The McCain Institute staff member had met with Steele and later acquired the reports from Simpson.”
The McCain staff member mentioned above? The well-known David J. Kramer, who provided the entire Steele dossier to Buzzfeed, who then published it in January of 2017.
McCain admitted to providing Comey with the documents before his death, but never did respond to questions regarding his involvement in releasing them to Buzzfeed.
McCain published a book last year, where he stated he felt obligated to pass charges against Trump to Comey and the FBI. Further, he said:
“Anyone who doesn’t like it can go to hell.”
Fusion’s Simpson also stated last month that he was “horrified” the Steele dossier was released to the public.