Opinion| Things are about to get a whole lot more interesting.
On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro ordered the release of depositions that Christopher Steele gave in the lawsuit against BuzzFeed. Judge Ungaro gave until March 14th for the depositions to be turned over.
Steele, a “former” British spy, became a household name in the United States after writing the discredited Trump-Russia dossier that Buzzfeed made public.
Steele was a longtime associate of the late Arizona Sen. John McCain lending credence to the belief that the controversial senator had something to do the hoax. McCain, long identified as an agent of the Deep State, despised Donald Trump.
The judge also ordered the deposition of former State Department Assistant Secretary, David J. Kramer to be released at the same time that Steele’s is. After Kramer left State he joined the Arizona senator’s McCain Institute.
Kramer, was the courier who provided the dossier to a BuzzFeed reporter on Dec. 28, 2016, several weeks after having met with Steele in London.
It is expected that the depositions by Steele and Kramer, are likely to shed light on how the dossier was compiled and disseminated to U.S. government officials and the press.
Kramer, had previously invoked protection against self-incrimination under the Fifth Amendment in response to questions from House Intelligence Committee investigators surrounding his role in the Russian-sourced and unverified anti-Trump dossier, according to Fox News.
The Steele dossier remains the central piece of evidence used to obtain a FISA warrant as well as three subsequent renewals. All were used to conduct surveillance on candidate Donald Trump and later President Trump.
This past Wednesday, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen denied under oath that he had ever visited the Czech Republic, as the dossier contended. Cohen’s alleged visit to Prague was a central tenet of, what we have to learn was, the Russian collusion delusion.
This not only deals a severe blow to the credibility of Steele’s work but also raises questions about abuse, by the FBI and illegally authorized contractors, of NSA FISA-702(16)(17) regulations by those involved in the collection of data that is cited by Steele in his dossier.
Access to the NSA database has become the primary theory about how the alleged visit by Trump’s attorney to Prague even became a topic. Apparently, it was later discovered that a Michael Cohen had visited Prague at the time, not the Michael Cohen.
The attention then focused to how and from where the name surfaced.
We repeat, things are about to get a whole lot more interesting, very soon.