Elder Patriot -The memo clearly establishes the FBI and DOJ’s reliance on the phony dossier as the primary piece of evidence used to support the FISA application:
“Deputy Director McCabe testified before the Committee in December 2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information.”
According to the memo, even then-Director James Comey had admitted in June 2017 that, during a January 2017 briefing of President-elect Trump on a summary of the Steele Dossier, that the dossier was “salacious and unverified.”
This was months after the FBI and DOJ’s initial FISA application had relied on the phony dossier to legitimize its warrant request to the FISC.
That request – and subsequent ones – never revealed the political nature of who funded Christopher Steele’s writing of it (the DNC and the Clinton campaign) or his reliance on the input of Russian operatives as evidence.
Also kept hidden from the court was that the FBI authorized payments to Steele to continue his “work” rather than assign its own agents to verify the information it was relying on from his dossier.
“The FISA application relied on Steele’s allegedly past record of credible reporting on unrelated matters, [and] ignored or concealed his anti-Trump financial and ideological motivations” that the court had a right to be informed about before considering its decision.