Former Obama official confirms Steele dossier was given to State Department


It covers just eight pages, misspells names and relies on only one Russian intelligence source.

Page told the committee he and Bannon also discussed the dossier, though he did not provide details.

But to paraphrase the late Sen. Painting a scene straight out of a Cold War novel, Steele credited a "Kremlin insider" with reporting "lawyer COHEN's secret meeting/s with Kremlin officials" in Prague in August or September 2016. It's not even a dossier. However, the one scandal Trump can not seem to shake is Russian Federation.

By then, Page had been cut from the Trump camp amid reports he was under investigation for possible ties to Moscow.

Fortunately, we do see some conscientious Republicans stepping forward to declare when enough is enough of Trump's excesses.

Cohen did not work directly on the Trump campaign, but his duties for Trump included private matters, including allegedly setting up an LLC to pay a porn star for silence about a tryst with Trump. Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, founders of the research group that hired Steele, are "Glen Semper" and "Peter Fitch". Michael Isikoff, author of the Yahoo story, later revealed that Steele was his source. In addition, it is odd that Winer, who served under Bill Clinton, did not know Shearer's brother had also served as an ambassador under President Clinton, and Shearer's sister had been married to former Clinton official Strobe Talbott. His investigation of Trump fit his interest in uncovering global scandals.

Hannity said he shared information given to him by longtime Clinton ally Sid Blumenthal that was compiled by another adviser, Cody Shearer.

Approved for release in a party-line vote, the document claims that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department abused their powers to wiretap Page, whom candidate Trump had identified in a meeting with Washington Post editors as one of his foreign policy advisers. On this trip, he emailed the Trump campaign about "some incredible insights and outreach I've received from a few Russian legislators and senior members of the Presidential Administration here".

The reports do not mention former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

The FBI and Justice Department still refuse to tell Congress how they used the Steele dossier.

House intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes said his committee is probing the State Department as "phase two" of its investigation, following an examination of the Justice Department's application for the warrant to monitor Page. We know that Steele supposedly relied on paid Russian informants.

That's according to a report published online Tuesday by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, first reported by Fox News early Wednesday morning. Grassley did not respond to a BuzzFeed News request for comment.

Winer admitted to becoming friends with Steele in 2009, after he had left the State Department and started a consulting business.

As it turned out, the talk show host had slipped.

"Not a single revelation in the Steele dossier has been refuted", Feinstein said in a statement that accompanied her analysis.

"He told me it was potentially "collateral" information", Winer writes in his op-ed. Steele gave the reports to the FBI, Winer said, "after the FBI asked him to provide everything he had on allegations relating to Trump, his campaign and Russian interference in United States elections".