Memo: FISA Order Did Not Disclose Role DNC, Clinton Campaign Had in Funding Steele Dossier

Christopher Steele, Hillary Clinton

The FISA memo released on Friday revealed that the FBI and the DOJ allegedly failed to disclose the role of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Clinton campaign in funding the Steele dossier.

According to the memo:

The dossier compiled by Christopher Steele (Steele dossier) on behalf of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton campaign formed an essential part of the Carter Page FISA applciation. Steele was  longtime FBI source who was paid over $160,000 by the DNC and Clinton campaign, via the law firm Perkins Coie and research firm Fusion GPS, to obtain deroratory information on Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.

a) Neither the initial application in October 2016, nor any of the renewals, disclose or reference the role of the DNC, Clinton campaign, or any party/campaign in funding Steele’s efforts, even though the political efforts of the Steele dossier were then known to senior DOJ and FBI officials.

b) The initial FISA application notes Steele was working for a named U.S. person, but does not name Fusion GPS and principal Glenn Simpson, who was paid by a U.S. law firm (Perkins Coie) representing the DNC (even though it was known by DOJ at the time that political actors were involved with the Steele dossier). The application does not mention Steel was ultimately working on behalf of — and paid by — the DNC and Clinton campaign, or that the FBI had separately authorized payment to Steele for the same information.

The House Intelligence Committee memo found that that the FISA orders neglected to mention relevant details such as the DNC and the Clinton campaign funding the Steele dossier.

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