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Dossier Author Christopher Steele Had Previously Undisclosed Meetings With Lawyers For DNC, Clinton

BY:  Chuck Ross

 

  • Christopher Steele shed new light on his work for the Clinton campaign and DNC, revealing in testimony last month that he met with two lawyers for the Democrats as part of his investigation into Donald Trump. 

 

  • Steele met with Perkins Coie partners Michael Sussmann and Marc Elias, he testified. 

 

  • Steele said that Sussmann provided him with the now-debunked tip that a Russian bank had a secret communications channel with the Trump Organization. 

 

A lawyer representing the DNC and Clinton campaign provided Christopher Steele with information in 2016 regarding an alleged secret communications channel between the Trump Organization and a Russian bank, the former spy told a British court last month.

 

That now-debunked tip, from Perkins Coie lawyer Michael Sussmann, set off a chain of events that led to Steele publishing a Sept. 14, 2016 memo accusing the founders of the bank, Alfa Bank, of having “illicit” ties to Vladimir Putin, according to a court transcript obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

 

A week after Steele wrote that memo, he had another meeting with Sussmann’s colleague, Marc Elias, according to the transcript.

 

Steele disclosed the previously unreported meetings with Sussmann and Elias during testimony in a defamation lawsuit filed against him by the Alfa Bank founders, the transcript shows.

 

Steele’s testimony about Sussmann and Elias provides insight into how deeply involved the two lawyers were in the Trump investigation, and suggests they helped shape Steele’s investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 election.

 

Perkins Coie, Sussmann and Elias did not respond to requests for comment for this story.

 

Elias, who served as general counsel for the Clinton campaign, hired Fusion GPS in April 2016 to investigate Donald Trump. Fusion GPS in turn picked Steele, a former MI6 officer, in June 2016 to investigate Trump’s possible ties to Russia.

 

Steele would go on to produce 17 memos alleging that the Russian government had blackmail material on Trump, and that members of his campaign were conspiring with the Kremlin to influence the 2016 election.

 

Many of Steele’s most explosive allegations have been debunked in the 40 months since BuzzFeed News published the dossier.

 

A Justice Department inspector general’s report said that Steele’s primary source of information disputed many of the allegations in the dossier. The IG report also said that the FBI and U.S. intelligence community received evidence in 2017 that Russian intelligence operatives may have fed disinformation to Steele.

 

The IG report also dealt a fatal blow to the Alfa Bank theory peddled by Sussmann.

It said the FBI investigated whether there were “cyber links” between Alfa Bank and the Trump Organization, the company owned by Donald Trump, “but had concluded by early February 2017 that there were no such links.”

The three owners of Alfa Bank have sued Steele in the U.S. and U.K. over the Sept. 14, 2016 memo, which is referred to as “Company Intelligence Report 112” in the dossier.

Steele testified under oath in London on March 17 and 18.

 

He revealed that Sussmann, a former Justice Department official, told him during a meeting on July 29, 2016 about suspicious network traffic between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank, according to the transcript.

 

He also said that the theory about the computer server traffic was the catalyst for the dossier memo he would write six weeks later about Alfa Bank, the transcript shows.

 

(RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Dossier Author Testified His Records Were ‘Wiped’)

 

“I’m very clear is that the first person that ever mentioned the Trump server issue, Alfa server issue, was Mr. Sussman [sic],” Steele told Hugh Tomlinson, a lawyer for the Alfa Bank owners, on March 17, the transcript shows.

 

Steele went on to say that Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson instructed him at some point after the Sussmann meeting to write a report about Alfa Bank, according to the transcript.

 

“I was given the instruction sometime after that meeting by Mr. Simpson,” said Steele, adding that the instruction from Simpson “was absolutely, definitely linked to the server issue,” the transcript shows.

It was not previously known whether Steele keyed in on Alfa Bank on his own initiative, or if someone else tasked him with investigating the bank.

 

Steele said that he directed his dossier source to collect information from Russia about the bank, the transcript shows.

 

The transcript also shows that Steele claimed that the source, who has not been identified, met with a “top level Russian government official,” who reported back on the Alfa Bank founders.

In Report 112, Steele wrote that the Russian official said that the three Alfa Bank founders had had “ups and down” with Vladimir Putin in the past, but were on “very good terms” with the Russian leader at the time. The source also alleged that the Alfa Bank founders had delivered “large amounts of cash” to Putin in the 1990s, when he served as deputy mayor of St. Petersburg.

The report also alleges that both sides held compromising information on the other, keeping everyone involved in check.

 

The Alfa Bank founders have vehemently denied Steele’s allegations.

Sussmann shopped the allegations about the Alfa Bank computer servers around to others besides Steele, including to journalists and the FBI’s top lawyer.

 

He shared the information with reporters from the New York Times and Slate, which ran a story on Oct. 31, 2016.

 

According to that story, Alfa Bank’s servers were communicating in a peculiar fashion with those of the Trump Organization. A team of computer experts who studied the traffic determined that the Alfa-Trump channel was being used for some sort of communication between the two sides, the story said.

 

That assessment, if true, would have fit into Steele’s theory that the Trump campaign was conspiring with the Kremlin.

 

The Slate story appeared as rumors gained steam that the Trump campaign was somehow involved in the hack and release of emails from the DNC and Clinton campaign. On Sept. 23, 2016, Yahoo! News published a story alleging that Trump campaign aide Carter Page met secretly with Kremlin insiders to discuss exchanging material on Hillary Clinton.

 

On the day the Slate story appeared, Mother Jones reporter David Corn published a report citing a “former Western intelligence officer” who claimed that the Russian government had compromising material on Trump.

 

It is now known that Steele was involved in one way or the other in all three of the stories. He has acknowledged in court proceedings to meeting with both reporters from Mother Jones and Yahoo, and had investigated the allegations central to the Slate story.

 

To further spread the Alfa Bank story, Sussmann contacted James Baker, his former DOJ colleague who then served as general counsel for the FBI. Baker told House investigators on Oct. 18, 2018 that Sussmann contacted him to share the information and that they met on Sept. 19, 2016.

 

That day was a busy one for the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane team. The Justice Department IG report said that Steele provided six memos from his dossier to the FBI that same day.

 

The FBI began almost immediately drafting an application for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant against Carter Page. The applications relied heavily on Steele’s dossier, which alleged that Page was a key link between the Trump team and Kremlin.

 

Notably, Steele did not provide the FBI with Report 112 from his dossier, according to the IG report. The FBI eventually obtained the memo on Nov. 6, 2016, when provided it to Baker.

It is unclear whether Sussmann and Steele’s outreach to the FBI on Sept. 19, 2016 was coordinated, or merely coincidental.

 

Three days later, Steele met with Elias at Perkins Coie’s offices in Washington, D.C., the ex-spy testified. Steele did not provide details of his discussions with Elias.

 

He also met with several journalists to discuss the dossier during that same visit to the U.S. capital. One of the journalists Steele met was Michael Isikoff, the author of the Yahoo! story about Carter Page.

 

Perkins Coie has been reluctant to discuss its affiliation with Fusion GPS and Steele. Elias, the Perkins Coie partner, did not disclose his involvement in the matter when he attended a congressional deposition regarding the dossier along with his client, former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

 

New York Times reporter Ken Vogel has said that Elias misled him in 2017 when asked if Perkins Coie funded the dossier.

 

One mystery is where Sussmann obtained the information regarding an Alfa Bank connection to the Trump Organization. Steele testified that a group of cyber experts passed Sussmann the information in late July 2016.

 

The cyber experts, who go by the pseudonyms “Max” and “Tea Leaves,” have spoken to numerous reporters about their investigation, including at Slate, The New Yorker and The New York Times.

A cyber firm that Alfa Bank hired to investigate the server allegations determined that the computer records were likely fabricated by “threat actors” who wanted “to make it appear as though a connection existed” between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank.

 

“If true, this would constitute a potential violation of various US federal laws,” Ankura, the cyber firm, wrote in a report released Friday.

 

 

 

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Anything having to do with intelligence, I don't trust.

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Herridge writes of the probe:

 

Papadopoulos is a key figure in the FBI Russia probe. Horowitz found that the bureau opened the case after intelligence received from a friendly foreign government that Papadopoulos ‘suggested the Trump team had received some kind of suggestion from Russia that it could assist this process with the anonymous release of information during the campaign that would be damaging to Mrs. Clinton…

 

An additional transcript of a Papadopoulos conversation with an FBI confidential source released earlier this month shows Papadopoulos denied any involvement of the Trump campaign with the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s email system, calling just the idea of it “illegal.” Yet again, zero proof of collusion. The FBI’s defense, also noted in the Horowitz report was that the Case Agent said, “the Crossfire Hurricane team’s assessment was that the Papadopoulos denial was a rehearsed response and that he did not view the information as particularly germane to the investigation of Carter Page.”

 

“Crossfire Hurricane” is what the FBI Russia team was named, who also got a surveillance warrant for Carter Page “to investigate alleged coordination between the Trump team and Moscow.” With the Senate Judiciary Committee’s release of declassified documents relating to the “investigation” of the Trump campaign, a website was also set up. The chairman of the panel, Senator

 

“I’m committed to being as transparent as possible about the circumstances surrounding FISA abuse. The goal is to make sure it never happens again” said Senator Graham. DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report “criticized the Justice Department and the FBI for at least 17 ‘significant errors and omission’ related to the FISA warrantsagainst Page and for the bureau’s reliance on British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s salacious and unverified dossier” reported the Washington Examiner.

 

Thank you, Senator Graham, for releasing these documents to provide transparency to the public so they can see for themselves just how outrageous the probe was. Of the 35-page, 171-page and 90-page transcripts of conversations Papadopoulos had with FBI sources, it was revealed: “the FBI failed to inform the FISA court about Papadopoulos repeatedly denying the Trump campaign had anything to do with the hacking of the DNC and the dissemination of stolen email to WikiLeaks which published them during the 2016 campaign” reported The Washington Examiner.

 

What did Papadopoulos say? In the 90-page transcript released by Graham on Monday, the reader gets to listen to three men mostly talk about hot women. Papadopoulos, the confidential human source (CHS), and a third male, First Name Known Omar (FNKO) grab a bite to eat and some drinks. The men talk about cars, their girlfriends, their friends’ former girlfriends, their type of women, and all the things you would never expect to be part of an FBI investigation which was then used in an attempt to show the President of the United States colluded with the Russian government in an election. It’s just outrageously far-fetched.

 

As mentioned at the beginning of the article, the only discussions of anything remotely political were that Papadopoulos formerly worked for Ben Carson’s campaign, then worked for Trump, and made great contacts. He did mention that he had once arranged for a meeting with President Trump and the Egyptian President el-Sisi and that he thought Edward Snowden “did a good job.” References to Russia were even fewer; he had a “friend Sergey” in Brooklyn, and he wanted to visit Russia in the summertime. Oh yeah, and they also discussed what colognes they like, which ethnicities of women they have dated, and that they’d “jump” their waitress.

 

It definitely sounds like some top-level national security issues. Thank goodness for the FBI’s meticulous, covert operations at the taxpayer’s expense.

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Herridge writes of the probe:

 

Papadopoulos is a key figure in the FBI Russia probe. Horowitz found that the bureau opened the case after intelligence received from a friendly foreign government that Papadopoulos ‘suggested the Trump team had received some kind of suggestion from Russia that it could assist this process with the anonymous release of information during the campaign that would be damaging to Mrs. Clinton…

 

An additional transcript of a Papadopoulos conversation with an FBI confidential source released earlier this month shows Papadopoulos denied any involvement of the Trump campaign with the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s email system, calling just the idea of it “illegal.” Yet again, zero proof of collusion. The FBI’s defense, also noted in the Horowitz report was that the Case Agent said, “the Crossfire Hurricane team’s assessment was that the Papadopoulos denial was a rehearsed response and that he did not view the information as particularly germane to the investigation of Carter Page.”

 

“Crossfire Hurricane” is what the FBI Russia team was named, who also got a surveillance warrant for Carter Page “to investigate alleged coordination between the Trump team and Moscow.” With the Senate Judiciary Committee’s release of declassified documents relating to the “investigation” of the Trump campaign, a website was also set up. The chairman of the panel, Senator

 

“I’m committed to being as transparent as possible about the circumstances surrounding FISA abuse. The goal is to make sure it never happens again” said Senator Graham. DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report “criticized the Justice Department and the FBI for at least 17 ‘significant errors and omission’ related to the FISA warrantsagainst Page and for the bureau’s reliance on British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s salacious and unverified dossier” reported the Washington Examiner.

 

Thank you, Senator Graham, for releasing these documents to provide transparency to the public so they can see for themselves just how outrageous the probe was. Of the 35-page, 171-page and 90-page transcripts of conversations Papadopoulos had with FBI sources, it was revealed: “the FBI failed to inform the FISA court about Papadopoulos repeatedly denying the Trump campaign had anything to do with the hacking of the DNC and the dissemination of stolen email to WikiLeaks which published them during the 2016 campaign” reported The Washington Examiner.

 

What did Papadopoulos say? In the 90-page transcript released by Graham on Monday, the reader gets to listen to three men mostly talk about hot women. Papadopoulos, the confidential human source (CHS), and a third male, First Name Known Omar (FNKO) grab a bite to eat and some drinks. The men talk about cars, their girlfriends, their friends’ former girlfriends, their type of women, and all the things you would never expect to be part of an FBI investigation which was then used in an attempt to show the President of the United States colluded with the Russian government in an election. It’s just outrageously far-fetched.

 

As mentioned at the beginning of the article, the only discussions of anything remotely political were that Papadopoulos formerly worked for Ben Carson’s campaign, then worked for Trump, and made great contacts. He did mention that he had once arranged for a meeting with President Trump and the Egyptian President el-Sisi and that he thought Edward Snowden “did a good job.” References to Russia were even fewer; he had a “friend Sergey” in Brooklyn, and he wanted to visit Russia in the summertime. Oh yeah, and they also discussed what colognes they like, which ethnicities of women they have dated, and that they’d “jump” their waitress.

 

It definitely sounds like some top-level national security issues. Thank goodness for the FBI’s meticulous, covert operations at the taxpayer’s expense.


Same old nonsense under a different person. Our enablers are really in panic mode since this is about number 10 on the same subject today. Why such a Panic?

Well it could be what we saw on this evening TV news. A Trump armed militia took over the Mich. Capital today. They showed video of them. They were armed with military weapons, and wearing the uniforms of their militia unit. This was a first. The reporter on the video called them Trumps Brown shirts. This was the first time I have heard that used to describe them on TV. (I have been calling them that for 3 years now.) It looks like most people now realize that Trump and Hitler are the same. Both have Brown shirts as enforcers doing their dirty work. Could be this was Trump having them do a dry run with the real operation to take place at the Meat Packing Death Camps to handle any workers who refuse to get the virus and die working.

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There's something basic that that trump supporters overlook...isn't investigating your political opponent, an act which takes place every year for most opponents...why is Steele special? Because of trump? What makes this special?

And so what he met with Clinton and lawyers...isn't this what happens? Or is trump wanting to make a big deal of it...

in order to try to hide his associations with putin and russia?

God knows, trump is investigating all of his opponents...and the list is long!

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I do not get the point of this. A group of Republicans hired Steel to investigate Trump. At some point in that investigation a group of Democrats took it over. So what?

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Senator LIndsey Graham? Isn't he the same Senator who swore an oath of impartiality and then proclaimed Trump was completely innocent before the impeachment trial?

 

Isn't LIndsey Graham the same senator who did not allow the prosecution to introduce evidence or call witnesses in the so called impeachment trial?

 

Why would anyone question the integrity and impartiality of Lindsey Graham? Why would anyone question the results of his impartial (LOL) investigation?

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Sen. Graham Releases Papadopoulos FBI Transcript; No Collusion

 

 

BY:  Gregg Jarrett

 

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has been front and center in asking for documents relating to the Russia probe to be released. In March of 2019, Senator Graham told Fox News host Sean Hannity that the public deserves an answer as to whether or not the Russian investigation against Trump “was an insurance policy in case he did win” and he would seek the answers.

 

One year later and the more Senator Graham has learned, the more he believes the public should be made aware of what transpired. Now we, the public, understand why Graham was fighting so hard. In the last 24-hours, Senator Graham released a 90-page transcript between George Papadopoulos and the FBI’s confidential human source (CHS) from October 23, 2016.

 

CBS News’ Catherine Herridge first reported on the matter saying the transcript “turned up no evidence of coordination between the campaign and Russia.” The lightly redacted transcript, formerly classified, was documented in the Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz report regarding the FBI’s surveillance of Carter Page, Trump’s former campaign aide.

 

Horowitz’s report stated, “Papadopoulos did not say much about Russia during the first conversation with Source 3, other than to mention a ‘friend Sergey…[who] lives in Brooklyn,’ and invite Source 3 to travel with Papadopoulos to Russia in the summertime.” Does any of that scream Russian interference with a United States Presidential election? No, no it does not.

 

Herridge writes of the probe:

 

Papadopoulos is a key figure in the FBI Russia probe. Horowitz found that the bureau opened the case after intelligence received from a friendly foreign government that Papadopoulos ‘suggested the Trump team had received some kind of suggestion from Russia that it could assist this process with the anonymous release of information during the campaign that would be damaging to Mrs. Clinton…

 

An additional transcript of a Papadopoulos conversation with an FBI confidential source released earlier this month shows Papadopoulos denied any involvement of the Trump campaign with the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s email system, calling just the idea of it “illegal.” Yet again, zero proof of collusion. The FBI’s defense, also noted in the Horowitz report was that the Case Agent said, “the Crossfire Hurricane team’s assessment was that the Papadopoulos denial was a rehearsed response and that he did not view the information as particularly germane to the investigation of Carter Page.”

 

“Crossfire Hurricane” is what the FBI Russia team was named, who also got a surveillance warrant for Carter Page “to investigate alleged coordination between the Trump team and Moscow.” With the Senate Judiciary Committee’s release of declassified documents relating to the “investigation” of the Trump campaign, a website was also set up. The chairman of the panel, Senator

 

“I’m committed to being as transparent as possible about the circumstances surrounding FISA abuse. The goal is to make sure it never happens again” said Senator Graham. DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report “criticized the Justice Department and the FBI for at least 17 ‘significant errors and omission’ related to the FISA warrants against Page and for the bureau’s reliance on British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s salacious and unverified dossier” reported the Washington Examiner.

 

Thank you, Senator Graham, for releasing these documents to provide transparency to the public so they can see for themselves just how outrageous the probe was. Of the 35-page, 171-page and 90-page transcripts of conversations Papadopoulos had with FBI sources, it was revealed: “the FBI failed to inform the FISA court about Papadopoulos repeatedly denying the Trump campaign had anything to do with the hacking of the DNC and the dissemination of stolen email to WikiLeaks which published them during the 2016 campaign” reported The Washington Examiner.

 

What did Papadopoulos say? In the 90-page transcript released by Graham on Monday, the reader gets to listen to three men mostly talk about hot women. Papadopoulos, the confidential human source (CHS), and a third male, First Name Known Omar (FNKO) grab a bite to eat and some drinks. The men talk about cars, their girlfriends, their friends’ former girlfriends, their type of women, and all the things you would never expect to be part of an FBI investigation which was then used in an attempt to show the President of the United States colluded with the Russian government in an election. It’s just outrageously far-fetched.

 

As mentioned at the beginning of the article, the only discussions of anything remotely political were that Papadopoulos formerly worked for Ben Carson’s campaign, then worked for Trump, and made great contacts. He did mention that he had once arranged for a meeting with President Trump and the Egyptian President el-Sisi and that he thought Edward Snowden “did a good job.” References to Russia were even fewer; he had a “friend Sergey” in Brooklyn, and he wanted to visit Russia in the summertime. Oh yeah, and they also discussed what colognes they like, which ethnicities of women they have dated, and that they’d “jump” their waitress.

 

It definitely sounds like some top-level national security issues. Thank goodness for the FBI’s meticulous, covert operations at the taxpayer’s expense.

 

 

 

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The simplest solution to this is to have the FBI investigate the allegations in the Steele Dossier and report directly to a Congressional panel.  Either now or after Trump is defeated in November. 

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@Richva wrote:

The simplest solution to this is to have the FBI investigate the allegations in the Steele Dossier and report directly to a Congressional panel.  Either now or after Trump is defeated in November. 


Now would be best.  We would save ourselves grief to stop the bleeding now. (Will he REALLY stay away from the cameras?)  I'm certain all manner of Dossier intelligence reports have been completed for some time.  By November there will only be more investigations and they will be going on for years. This admin. is no longer in any trial & error stage.  The guilty verdict dt owns accumulates its own evidence daily and no help has been successful for prevention of that.  So the outlook is not good.  Certainly is not great.

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This is about the 10th time you posted this subject. WHY? It was not true the first time and will not be true the 10th or 50th time is posted. Once again you use the Daily Caller for the so called support article. Your support article tells all (may have fed). That means not true. Nothing in the Steele report has been proven untrue  even the Trump shower tapes. Lets have all the Steele material made public including the Trump shower tapes. The fact is the Reb. hired Steele, and the Dems took over after Trump took over the Reb. party. Yes Trump destroyed the Reb. party just like he has destroyed everything else he touched.

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