FBI Forced to Cough Up Proof that they Confirmed Allegations in the Steele Dossier
In January 2017, US District Court Judge Amit Mehta sided with the FBI on their decision to ignore FOIA requests concerning their efforts to verify the controversial Steele Dossier, before it was used as the foundation of their application for a FISA surveillance warrant. The Judge ruled that Trump's tweets about the dossier didn't require the FBI and other intelligence agencies to act on records requests.
But by the end of the week on Friday, August 17th, Judge Mehta changed his mind. He said that President Trump's release of two House Intelligence Committee documents (the "Nunes" and "Schiff" memos) changed everything. He now wants to see the actual corroborations that the FBI said they had at that time, that confirmed the outrageous allegations that were made in the Steele dossier. "The ground shifted," writes Mehta of Trump declassifying the House memos. "As a result of the Nunes and Schiff Memos, there is now in the public domain meaningful information about how the FBI acquired the Dossier and how the agency used it to investigate Russian meddling."
I think all of us would all like to see the proof that those corroborations were made.
We do know that the FBI offered Steele $50,000 to verify the Dossier's claims. But according to the NYT, Steel was never paid. BuzzFeed tried to do the same to defend themselves in a dossier-related lawsuit, but they too were unsuccessful. And George Soros — his nose ever inside of everyone's tent — funded a $50 million investigation to continue the hunt for any corroboration and turned up nothing that we know of.
So, whatever documents the FBI may try to foist off on the court as proof of their successful effort to verify the Dossier could prove highly embarrassing for the agency. If they show up empty-handed, blaming a file clerk for the missing documents, it could be worse than embarrassing. It remains that the agency may still try and convince the judge that there are other grounds to withhold the records.
The fact is, however, the FISA Court now has FAIL writ large above its doors. Its existence is a breach of the Fourth Amendment that has stunk to the high heavens from Day One.
So what exactly happens when, at first, we do deceive? By forcing the FBI to prove they had an empty hand when they tricked the FISA Court into issuing the warrant and subsequent renewals, this fraud will likely embolden calls to disband the special counsel investigation into Trump's collusion with the Russians that handed him the election. The FBI's mercenary and politicized approach to "investigations" will be laid all the more bare for the world to see.
The moral to this story will surely follow, if there is any moral to be had in DC