Sen. Graham Releases Two Declassified Documents That “Significantly Undercut The Reliability Of Steele Dossier”

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Senator Lindsey Graham told host Sean Hannity on Fox News Wednesday, that he wanted a key memo from the Russia investigation made public as it will likely indict the character of several individuals. On Friday, it was released.

The Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday released newly declassified documents that they say “significantly undercut” the “reliability” of the infamous Steele dossier from the Russia probe, as well as the accuracy and reliability of the factual assertions in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, Fox News reported.

The memo, according to Senator Graham, shows a January 2017 FBI interview of a Russian “sub-source” who provided material for the now-infamous Steele dossier, which was compiled by former MI6 spy Christopher Steele prior of the 2016 election and detailed various salacious, unconfirmed allegations against Trump.

The first document is a 57-page summary of a three-day interview the FBI conducted with ex-British intelligence officer Christopher Steele’s so-called “Primary Sub-source” in January of 2017. Steele authored the unverified anti-Trump dossier of claims about alleged ties between Donald Trump and Russia that served as the basis for FISA warrants obtained against Carter Page.

According to the committee, the source, told the FBI during interviews in January and March of 2017, that the information contained in the anti-Trump dossier was unreliable.

The document revealed that the dossier was “unsubstantiated and unreliable,” according to sources who reviewed it, and showed that the FBI was on notice of the dossier’s credibility problems, yet continued to seek further FISA warrant renewals for Carter Page. Continued Below

The document reveals that the primary “source” of Steele’s election reporting was not some well-connected current or former Russian official, but a non-Russian based contract employee of Christopher Steele’s firm. Moreover, it demonstrates that the information that Steele’s primary source provided him was second and third-hand information and rumor at best, according to the committee.

The document also revealed that Steele’s primary sub-source “disagreed with and was surprised by” how information he gave Steele was then conveyed by Steele in the dossier.

The document, according to the committee, further demonstrates that the dossier “played a central and essential role” in obtaining a FISA against Page, and “should never have been presented to the FISA court.” Continued Below

The second document contains Peter Strzok’s type-written comments disagreeing with assertions made in a New York Times article published on Feb. 14, 2017, about alleged Russian intelligence ties to the Trump campaign. [Document 2].

The article was titled “Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts with Russian Intelligence“, and Strzok’s notes stated that the “recent interviews and investigation, however, reveal Steele may not be in a position to judge the reliability of his sub-source network.”

The second document, according to the committee, also indicates that “the FBI may have been using foreign intelligence gathering techniques to impermissibly unmask and analyze existing and future intelligence collection regarding U.S. persons associated with the Trump campaign.”

“Both the CIA and NSA are aware of our subjects and throughout the summer we provided them names and selectors for queries of their holdings as well as prospective collection,” the document said, according to sources who reviewed it. Continued Below

“The quote does not provide enough information to fully understand exactly what the FBI was doing but impermissible unmasking and analysis of existing and future incidental intelligence collection of U.S. persons would be troubling,” according to the committee.

The document also raises questions as to whether the FBI was properly using intelligence techniques and databases “throughout the summer” considering that the earliest formal investigation of a U.S. person associated with the Trump campaign was not officially opened until July 31, 2016, the committee stated.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he was “very pleased the investigation in the Senate Judiciary Committee has been able to secure the declassification of these important documents”. He also thanked Attorney General William Barr “for releasing these documents and allowing the American People to judge for themselves.” Continued Below

Senator Lindsey Graham also tweeted:

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