Congress Pursues FBI’s Part In Dossier Manufacture

Oct 26, 2017

Now that the Trump “dossier” funding has been pinned on the Clinton campaign, investigators will be looking at the FBI’s involvement in its manufacture. In October 2016, Christopher Steele, the ex-British spy hired by Fusion GPS, contacted the FBI with the information he’d collected in the document. The Washington Post reported in February 2017 that Steele “reached an agreement with the FBI a few weeks before the election for the bureau to pay him to continue his work.” The FBI was funding opposition research that was commissioned by the Clinton campaign. Senator Chuck Grassley of Ohio wrote, "The idea that the FBI and associates of the Clinton campaign would pay Mr. Steele to investigate the Republican nominee for president in the run-up to the election raises further questions about the FBI's independence from politics, as well as the Obama administration's use of law enforcement and intelligence agencies for political ends.” Representative Nunes and Senators Grassley and Graham, have been pressing the FBI to say whether or not the “information from the dossier [was used] as a basis for warrant requests before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.” To date, the FBI has been stalling on requests for document production related to the dossier.