Steele Dossier

'Ethical Leader' James Comey Referred For Criminal Investigation

The IG report is a blistering rebuke of James Comey, who has spent recent months on a book tour promoting his brand of “ethical leadership.” Now, Inspector General Michael Horowitz has confirmed that his office is investigating Comey for his handling of classified information.

The IG Report: Obama Knew

After reading the Inspector General's report it is clear to us that many of the contortions the FBI and Department of Justice went through weren’t to protect Hillary Clinton, they were to protect Obama from being exposed as a liar and an accessory in Hillary Clinton’s misdeeds.

What Glenn Simpson said about that 'human source' inside the Trump campaign

Byron York, Washington Examiner

Although his questioners at the time didn't know what he was talking about, Fusion GPS chief Glenn Simpson raised eyebrows on Aug. 22, 2017, when he told Senate Judiciary Committee investigators that the FBI had a "human source" inside the Trump campaign. In retrospect, it was a telling moment in the Hill's investigation of the FBI's conduct of the Trump-Russia investigation. But Simpson's description of the informant left a lot of questions. To this day, House investigators are trying, so far without great success, to find the answers.

John Brennan’s ‘Exceptionally Sensitive’ Issue

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

Brennan dimly understood that there would be hell to pay if it came out that Hillary partisans in the U.S. government were spying on her opponent’s campaign, making use of opposition research that she had purchased. But Brennan, who was auditioning to be Hillary’s CIA director and choking on his anger at the thought of Trump as president, couldn’t help himself apparently. Many questions in all of this remain unanswered, but this much is clear: John Brennan’s transformation of the CIA into a branch office of the Hillary campaign will go down as one of the grossest abuses in the agency’s history.

Did the FBI Have a Spy in the Trump Campaign?

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

Did the FBI’s work to verify the dossier in London involve a human source? Did it involve other human sources in other places? Christopher Steele, the former British spy with extensive British intelligence and FBI connections, told his friend Glenn Simpson that the FBI had penetrated the Trump campaign with a “human source” who was helping corroborate the dossier. There seems to be more corroboration for this assertion than for the sensational allegations in Steele’s dossier.

The Counterintelligence Probe’s Phantom Origin

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

The probe didn’t start “by the book.” It started largely on the say-so of John Brennan, whose CIA operated like a branch office of the Hillary campaign. We know from Brennan’s own testimony and leaks that he had been lobbying the FBI to start the probe since at least the spring of 2016. But whatever alleged intelligence Brennan gave to the FBI, it was too flaky for the FBI to commit to print.

Washington Post Says No Russian Influence Operations - Except For Trump

Left-leaning academics, and publications like the Washington Post, are loath to admit – even in the face of overwhelming evidence – that Democratic presidents, especially Roosevelt and Truman, were indeed penetrated and influenced by the Soviets, but they are only too happy to accuse Trump, without any evidence, of being guilty of the same charges.

White House Nails Democrat Memo On Spying Scandal #HeadsMustRoll

The White House press office termed the Democratic effort “nothing more than a hyper-partisan effort to obscure and deflect from deeply troubling potential abuses of the FISA court brought to light by Intelligence Committee Republicans” and we would have to agree.

What Did Comey Tell President Trump about the Steele Dossier?

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

To tell Trump he was not under investigation was misleading. Just like Susan Rice’s email was misleading. The strategy forged by top Obama political and law-enforcement officials was to pursue an investigation of President Trump without sharing the full details of the investigation. They made a plan: Give Trump just a sliver of what the probe is about, tell him he is not under investigation, and keep investigating him under the guise of investigating Page, Manafort, and the Steele dossier.

Democrats Are Headed for a World of (Deserved) Hurt

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

After years of  non-stop virtue signaling as the party of "truth, justice and equality," the Democrats are slowly, inexorably being revealed to be the reverse. They are being hoisted on the petard of their own moral narcissism. It has made them blind. The Democrats -- and I strongly suspect many of them are starting to realize it (hence that shrillness) -- are headed for a world of hurt.

Cody Shearer’s Role in Hillary’s Dirty Dossier

George Neumayr and R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., The American Spectator

It turns out that Christopher Steele, whose credentials the media insists are so impeccable, served as a conduit between the FBI and Cody Shearer, one of Hillary’s scummiest hatchet men. That alone shatters Steele’s much-vaunted “credibility.” In years past, Shearer served the Clintons as an extinguisher of sex scandals. In 2016, he helped Hillary try to create one. Steele sent to the FBI Shearer’s anti-Trump smears in an attempt to back up his notorious “pee tape” dossier.

Hillary’s Attempt to Steele the Election

George Neumayr, The American Spectator

The intensity of the media’s attacks on a Republican is always in proportion to the degree to which he is impeding one of its causes. The doggedness of Nunes — his refusal to let a politicized FBI and Justice Department stonewall his committee — has thrown considerable light on the real scandal of 2016: not that Trump colluded with the Russians to win but that the Obama administration colluded with Hillary to defeat him.

Politicizing Steele’s Raw, Unverified ‘Intelligence’

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

Steele says his information was unverified, and the FBI has acknowledged that Steele’s information was unverified. So . . . what did the FBI and the Justice Department represent to the FISA court to get a surveillance warrant against Page? Or, to put it another way, if the Obama administration did not hesitate to urge Steele’s uncorroborated claims on Congress, would it have resisted urging them on a federal judge?

The real problem with Fusion GPS' Steele dossier

Ned Ryun, Fox News

If the lawmakers keep pulling the thread on Steele’s work of fiction, going where it leads them, it will take them to where some of us have suspected: a deeply corrupt Department of Justice and FBI badly in need of reform, and a media that must be forced to confront their own massive mistakes and report on one of their greatest failures.

Beating a Hasty Retreat from the Steele Dossier

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

In light of the significant questions that have been raised about the Obama Justice Department’s use of the dossier, it is understandable that the Fusion GPS founders who produced the dossier would want to downplay its significance in triggering the FBI’s Russia investigation. But that was not the tune they were playing at the time the FBI’s investigation was actually triggered. Back then, they couldn’t say enough about the Trump treachery Steele had purportedly uncovered, and with Election Day fast approaching, they wanted that story told far and wide.

Was the Steele Dossier the FBI’s ‘Insurance Policy’?

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

While there is a dearth of evidence to date that the Trump campaign colluded in Russia’s cyberespionage attack on the 2016 election, there is abundant evidence that the Obama administration colluded with the Clinton campaign to use the Steele dossier as a vehicle for court-authorized monitoring of the Trump campaign — and to fuel a pre-election media narrative that U.S. intelligence agencies believed Trump was scheming with Russia to lift sanctions if he were elected president.

Was the Steele Dossier Used to Obtain a FISA Warrant Against Trump’s Campaign?

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

Was the August 2016 decision to spy on a Trump associate based on a Clinton campaign screed’s claim of a corrupt Trump-Russia deal? Did FBI and Justice Department officials lose their professional objectivity because Steele’s information fit their anti-Trump bias? Was the Steele dossier, in effect, the “insurance policy” Agent Strzok had in mind? President Trump can provide the answers to these questions: He just needs to order the FBI and Justice Department, led by his appointees, to cooperate with Congress’s investigations.