It was reported this week that former British spy Christopher Steele would indeed meet with Department of Justice investigators to answer questions about the provenance of his infamous dossier – the one that even Special Counsel Robert Mueller dismissed with nary a remark in his 400+ page report on Russian interference in the election.
Once thought to be the holy grail of Trump malfeasance, the dossier was used by the Obama FBI to secure a phony FISA warrant against Trump campaign aide Carter Page. Additionally, it is still unclear how much emphasis the FBI put on the dossier when choosing to launch a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign as a whole. The FBI says little to none. Others say it was a lot more important to the investigation than top officials want to admit.
Either way, the fact that the FBI once took it seriously is beyond dispute. It’s also beyond dispute that they realized early on that this so-called dossier was a purely political invention, bought and paid for by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign. Now, investigators want to know what Steele knew. And in an interview with Sean Hannity this week, famed lawyer Alan Dershowitz said that there were three questions that Steele needed to answer.
“I’m glad that he is testifying or at least appearing in front of the Justice Department,” Dershowitz said. “I think the questions that they will put to him in order to try to protect the investigation will be based on chronology – When did you realize that the report wasn’t as valid and solid as you originally thought it was? When did you learn that it was paid for by Democrats?”
And finally, he said: “Did anybody misrepresent what they knew at any particular time to the FISA court?”
Of course, this last question is already known. We don’t need Steele to confirm what documents have already proven, which is that the FBI was well aware of the dossier’s political origins when they presented it to the court. They knew, and they buried that detail in a footnote in their brief with the court. And even then, they were not fully honest about the dossier’s true benefactors – the DNC and the Clinton campaign. Do you think that might have swayed the judges?
Steele’s input is important, though, because only he knows where he came up with the bogus information he handed over to the FBI (and half the mainstream media). Was this a Russian disinformation ploy from the start? Or did Steele just “make it up” for the sake of a quick buck? We should soon have our answers.