There are a lot of curious things about The Steele Dossier. It is interesting how the most salacious parts of the report were rapidly put into the hands of the media. It was also interesting to follow the money and to see where all the funding came from. But that is not the most curious part.
Follow me as I explain this one interesting slight of hand. The contents of the dossier were used by the FBI and the DOJ to start investigating the Trump campaign for Russian collusion. It was also used to justify the unmasking of Trump staff names. Here is the kicker: The contents of the dossier were used to prove that the contents of the dossier were real facts.
As Written By Andrew C. McCarthy tor the National Review:
Will he or won’t he? Will President Trump order the disclosure of any warrant applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (the FISA Court) in which the Justice Department and FBI presented any information derived from the Steele dossier?
We don’t need to imperil national security. There is no need to disclose the entirety of any application. There is no need to expose intelligence sources or methods of gathering information — they can be redacted. We don’t even need to see any actual application; a declassified summary of the relevant information will do. We just need to know if what administration supporters are saying is true: In seeking surveillance authority on the rationale that Trump associates were acting as agents of a foreign power, did the Justice Department and the FBI present the FISA court with the Steele dossier as if it were a product of U.S. intelligence reporting — rather than what it really was, a political opposition-research product commissioned by the Clinton campaign?
That is an explosive charge. So, at the very least, will the president order the Justice Department to provide any such FISA applications to the House Intelligence Committee — preferably along with an explanation of why……
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