(Right Country) – The FBI and the CIA were fully aware that the “intelligence” contained in the now-notorious and debunked Steele dossier was highly questionable.
Yet they used this piece of political opposition research, funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, to launch one of the most controversial investigations our nation’s once-fine intelligence institutions had ever conducted.
In an explosive headline this week, Fox News learned that the primary “source” of the dossier was, in fact, the subject of an FBI counterintelligence investigation between 2009 and 2011.
Because it was suspected that this individual was in contact with Russian intelligence officers.
Fox News reports:
Attorney General Bill Barr penned a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Thursday responding to requests as part of the panel’s review into the origins of the Russia probe.
“In connection with your Committee’s investigation of these matters and ongoing hearings, you have been asking us to accelerate this process and to provide any additional information relating to the reliability of the work of Christopher Steele and the so-called ‘Steele dossier,’ as long as its release would not compromise U.S. Attorney John Durham’s ongoing criminal investigation,” Barr wrote.
“A footnote in the Inspector General’s report contains information, which up till now has been classified and redacted, bearing on the reliability of the Steele dossier,” Barr wrote. “The FBI has declassified the relevant portion of the footnote, number 334, which states that ‘the Primary Sub-source was the subject of an FBI counterintelligence investigation from 2009 to 2011 that assessed his or her contacts with suspected Russian intelligence officers.'”
Barr added that at his request, the FBI has prepared a declassified summary of certain information from the counterintelligence investigation into the source, which he has shared with the committee.
“I have consulted with Mr. Durham, who originally brought this information to my attention in the course of his investigation, and he has informed me that the disclosure of the information will not interfere with his criminal investigation,” Barr wrote, adding that he alerted Director of National Inteligence John Ratcliffe to “certain classified information in possession of the intelligence community” which “bears upon the FBI’s knowledge of the reliability of the dossier.”
“Mr. Durham confirms that the disclosure of that information would not interfere with his investigation, and the Department otherwise defers to the DNI concerning the handling of this information,” Barr said.
Durham has been tasked with investigating the origins of the highly crooked Russia probe.
Also this week, it was revealed that he’s taken over the investigation into the suspicious Clinton Foundation, which has long been suspected of having laundered money for the Obama-Clinton crime cabal.