Den britiske eksagenten Christopher Steele
Russerne hadde forbindelse til en av presidentkampanjene i 2016, men det var ikke Trump, det var Hillary Clinton.
Det viser fire fotnoter til generalinspektør Michael Horowitz’ rapport som ble deklassifisert fredag.
“It’s ironic that the Russian collusion narrative was fatally flawed because of Russian disinformation,» Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who had pushed for the declassification, said in a statement to Fox News on Friday. «These footnotes confirm that there was a direct Russian disinformation campaign in 2016, and there were ties between Russian intelligence and a presidential campaign – the Clinton campaign, not Trump’s.”
FBI fikk mange tips og hint om at deres hovedkilde, den britiske eks-agenten Christopher Steele, var del av en stor russisk desinformasjonskampanje, men de gjorde ikke noe med det.
The FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane team investigating the Trump 2016 campaign received multiple indications that former British spy Christopher Steele — one of their key informants in their investigation — was part of an elaborate «Russian disinformation campaign,» according to several newly declassified footnotes from Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on FBI misconduct.
Dette er ødeleggende opplysninger om FBI og det tjener ikke akkurat til Horowitz ære at han sladdet disse opplysningene.
En av fotnotene handler om at en kilde sier han/hun ikke har tillit til opplysningene om at Trums advokat Michael Cohen var i Praha for å møte russerne. Navnet på vedkommende er sladdet og senator Grassley vil ha navnet.
One of the footnotes, which was previously redacted in its entirety, read: “The [REDACTED] stated that it did not have high confidence in this subset of Steele’s reporting and assessed that the referenced subset was part of a Russian disinformation campaign to denigrate US foreign relations.» That subset referred to the activities of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, whom Steele’s dossier claimed had traveled to Prague to meet with Russian agents. Special Counsel Robert Mueller was unable to substantiate that claim, and Cohen has denied it.
En rapport fra 2017 til FBI gjør oppmerksom på at tissehistorien om Trump og prostituerte i Moskva er falsk. Likevel ble den grunnlaget for FBIs rapport om Trump.
Det vises til FBI-dokumenter hvor
Another footnote stated: «According to a document circulated among Crossfire Hurricane team members and supervisors in early October 2016, Person 1[Sergei Millian] had historical contact with persons and entities suspected of being linked to RIS [Russian intelligence]. The document described reporting [REDACTED] that Person 1 ‘was rumored to be a former KGB/SVR officer.’ In addition, in late December 2016, Department Attorney Bruce Ohr told SSA 1 [FBI Agent Joe Pietnka] that he had met with Glenn Simpson and that Simpson had assessed that Person 1 was a RIS officer who was central in connecting Trump to Russia.»
FBI ble gjort oppmerksom på at en av deres hovedkilder, Sergej Millian, hadde kontakter med folk som tilhørte russisk etterretning
Grassley og Johnson skrev til justisminister Barr i januar at de er bekymret over at innholdet i fotnotene direkte motsier innholdet i Horowitz-rapporten.
In a letter to Barr in January seeking the full declassification of four footnotes in Horowitz’s report, Grassley and Johnson had written: «We are concerned that certain sections of the public version of the [IG] report are misleading because they are contradicted by relevant and probative classified information redacted in four footnotes within the classified report.»
Situasjonen er absurd: En rapport som skulle avsløre russisk påvirkning var selv et offer for russisk påvirkning!
«The ‘central and essential’ evidence used to justify invasive surveillance of an American citizen in the FBI’s probe into Russian interference was, itself, an example of Russian interference, according to once-secret footnotes declassified at the urging of two U.S. Senators,» Grassley’s office said in a statement to Fox News on Friday.
Men noen må ha visst at de ble brukt av russerne og likevel latt som ingenting.
«For years, the public was fed a healthy diet of leaks, innuendo and false information to imply that President Trump and his campaign were part of a Russian conspiracy to spread disinformation,» Grassley and Johnson said separately. «The FBI’s blind pursuit of the investigation, despite exculpatory and contradictory information, only legitimized the narrative. The mounting evidence undercutting this narrative should have stopped the investigation early in its tracks. Instead, it took several years and millions in taxpayer dollars to conclude that the allegations were baseless.»
Når man kan si at folk på innsiden med viten og vilje brukte russiske kilder, er det fordi en FBI-agent Kevin Clinesmith fikk bevis for at Trump-medarbeider Carter Page var CIA-tilknyttet, men han endret dokumentet til det motsatte.
In Page’s case, an ex-FBI lawyer, Kevin Clinesmith, even falsified an email from the CIA to make Page’s Russian contacts seem nefarious, when Page in fact had been an informant to the CIA about those contacts, according to Horowitz.
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