Thursday, February 8, 2018

Byron York: What explains the FBI's deep faith in Trump dossier author Christopher Steele?

Via Billy

The FBI placed so much faith in Christopher Steele because he was a former British spy who had worked with the bureau a few years earlier in the world soccer corruption investigation. But there were problems with Steele's credibility, according to the referral. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
FBI officials did not want to admit that Steele had lied to them, in part because if they did, their prized informant would be in legal jeopardy, instead of the investigation's real target, Donald Trump.
 One of the most remarkable takeaways from the new documents released in the Trump-Russia investigation is the degree to which FBI officials were determined to believe dossier author Christopher Steele — even after it became clear he had lied to them. In their drive to win a warrant to wiretap sometime Trump volunteer Carter Page — along with Paul Manafort, one of only two Trump figures known to be wiretapped in the investigation — the bureau rested most of its case on Steele's information, and the officials who filed the warrant application seemed resolved to believe Steele even after his credibility came into question.

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