How the Steele Dossier Hurts America
The office of Representative Devin Nunes released a memo on January 18 describing how the Federal Bureau of Investigation spied on the Trump campaign. Americans across the nation are discussing the “Nunes memo.” We now know that people connected to the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton hired former British spy Christopher Steele to produce a scandalous and unverified report that claims Donald Trump engaged in illicit acts with Russian prostitutes. The Nunes memo reveals that although the fbi knew the origins, bias and unconfirmed nature of the “Steele dossier,” the fbi’s highest leaders used it to obtain a court order to spy on the Trump campaign.
Even though then fbi Director James Comey knew the dossier was “salacious and unverified,” his bureau used it as evidence in a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (a secret court also known as the fisa court). The target for their surveillance was a citizen named Carter Page. To understand why the Nunes memo is important, why the fbi’s actions are treacherous, and what this means for the United States as a constitutional republic, you must begin by understanding why and how Steele’s dossier was compiled.
The Making of the Steele Dossier
In April 2016, a lawyer representing Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (dnc) hired a firm called Fusion gps to obtain damaging information against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. The dnc and the Clinton campaign used Fusion gps to pay Steele $168,000.
In June 2016, Steele began colluding with anonymous Russian sources to produce a series of 17 unverified reports alleging that Trump had engaged in certain acts with Russian prostitutes and that the Russian government “had been feeding Trump and his team valuable intelligence on his opponents” for five years.
Steele shared his reports with the fbi, telling an associate deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice that he was “desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.”
The fbi paid Steele for his information, beyond the $168,000 he was paid by the dnc and Clinton campaign.
Steele began leaking information from his report to the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, cnn and Yahoo News. For this reason, the fbi terminated its relationship with Steele in October 2016.
The fbi knew Steele had leaked his unverified information to the media. When it applied to a fisa court for permission to spy on Carter Page, it cited a Yahoo News article on alleged collusion between Trump and Russia as evidence.
Why Is This Important?
Carter Page was a low-level adviser in the Trump campaign. But spying on his communications allowed the fbi to spy on much more of the campaign than just Page. Whether or not it was legal for the fbi to spy on him, this story reveals that the entire Trump-Russia collusion scandal being pushed by the major media is based on a report compiled by a man on the Clinton campaign’s payroll who colluded with anonymous sources in Russia.
No one has corroborated the original charges made in Steele’s dossier, but many politicians are using the rumors it has generated as weapons in an ongoing campaign to impeach President Trump. Assuming Steele did not make up his false accusations, it is possible that the Kremlin fed Steele false information in order to stir up civil unrest in America.
The ideological divide in America is now wider than at any point since the post-Civil War Reconstruction Era ended in 1877. Organized disinformation campaigns—like the Steele dossier—are making this divide even wider. History shows that when a nation falls into division and infighting, it quickly becomes consumed by internal crises that leave it vulnerable to attack by foreign enemies.
To learn more about how the Steele dossier is affecting America, read “Nunes Memo Exposes Unseen Threat to America,” by Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry.