FBI was still assessing reliability of Steele even after getting FISA warrant

In closed congressional testimony last year, a lawyer for the FBI told lawmakers that even after the bureau obtained a FISA warrant to spy on Trump campaign aide Carter Page, officials were still trying to assess the "reliability" of Christopher Steele, author of the anti-Trump Steele dossier. What makes that revelation so significant is that in the affidavit requesting the FISA warrant, the bureau vouched for Steele, saying, "The FBI assesses Source #1 to be reliable," reads the Oct. 21, 2016 FISA application, referring to Steele. "Source #1 has been compensated [redacted] by the FBI and the FBI is unaware of any derogatory information pertaining to Source #1." And yet, a month later, the FBI attorney, Sally Moyer, told Congress that officials reached out to the Justice Department's  Bruce Ohr, who knew Steele from working with him on other cases, asking Ohr to assess Steele's reliability. In that application, FBI and...(Read Full Post)
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