As with any government investigation, the likelihood of the public knowing all the facts is ridiculously slim, if not wholly impossible. The FBI’s investigation and the subsequent probes by special counsel Robert Mueller and Inspector General Michael Horowitz into President Donald Trump are no different.
Both reports by Mueller and Horowitz were chocked full of redactions that didn’t allow the public to understand all that went on, granted, many of these claimed national security as a very plausible reason.
However, as the truth also finds a way, it all eventually comes out, even if it’s given in bits and pieces.
This last week some of those bits were made public, and, as it turns out, they prove to be rather significant.
The new release of this information comes over two months after Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson sent a letter to the Department of Justice’s William Barr, asking him to declassify a few small parts of the 478-page report on FISA abuse that Inspector General Horowitz filed.
And to our surprise, AG Barr decided that three of four footnotes that had been asked to be released were in the “public interest.” Barr cited that the fourth footnote, known as 342, “presents unique and significant concerns” to national security and, therefore, for the time being, it will remain classified.
However, the other three footnotes, 302, 350, and 347, provide a wealth of information, especially when those details are put together.
Footnote 302 now reveals that in “early October 2016” a person who had been in close contact with associates of Christopher Steele, the author of the infamous Steel dossier, was not only “rumored to be a former KGB/SVR officer, but that Steele’s business partner Glenn Simpson “had assessed that Person 1 was a RIS officer who was central in connecting Trump to Russia.”
Basically, it means that Steele had the possible likelihood of being directly informed by someone with Russian insider information.
Now let’s take a look at footnote 350. In the original and heavily redacted version, the visible text makes it seem as though Christopher Steele had plenty of contact with those associated with the Russian government. However, as much of its text has now been revealed, we can see that it was not really his contact that was being discussed so much as the possibility that he was being fed “Russian disinformation.”
Footnote 350 now reads that information received by the Crossfire Hurricane team “indicat(ed) the potential for Russian disinformation influencing Steele’s election reporting.” This included an “inaccuracy” in reporting the activities of Michael Cohen, an assessment that some persons involved had “denied” Steele’s version, and that information Steele gave about Trump’s supposed extra-marital relationships in Moscow had been completely “false.”
It was further noted that these inconsistencies and untruths were “part of a Russian disinformation campaign to denigrate U.S. foreign relations.” The footnote also states that this false information was “the product of RIS ‘infiltrat(ing) a source into the network.”
What this means, in a nutshell, is that not only did Steele have contact with Russian intelligence but that he was also given a mountain of information that was made up by Russia for their own gain.
But the real kicker is that both footnotes clearly state that the Crossfire Hurricane team knew about the disinformation and lies, and ran with that story anyway. Even though they were given ample reports and suggestions that Russia was feeding them lies, they still pushed onwards, using the fictional dossier as evidence of foul play by the candidate and then President Donald Trump. And they lied about it.
Those lies, continually perpetrated by the FBI and Democrat leaders who so easily bought into the frenzy, then allowed special counsel Robert Mueller to spend another two years and over $30 million taxpayer-funded dollars in an attempt to dig up more dirt. It’s no surprise that he wound up failing.
As Senator Grassley so truthfully stated online, “Had FBI leadership heeded the numerous warnings of Russian disinformation, paid attention to the glaring contradictions in the pool of evidence and followed long-standing procedures to ensure accuracy, everyone would have been better off. Carter Page’s civil liberties wouldn’t have been shredded, taxpayer dollars wouldn’t have been wasted, the country wouldn’t be as divided and the FBI’s reputation wouldn’t be in shambles.”
Russia has to be overjoyed with itself on how quickly America took this bait and ran with it.