Steele couldn’t corroborate allegations in dossier paid for by Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC through law firm
- The trial of dossier source Igor Danchenko began this week
- Special Counsel John Durham interrogated witness himself
- Prosecutors accuse Danchenko of lying to FBI as it sought to verify dossier
- It contained salacious allegations against Trump and was used for warrants
- Witness said FBI offered Steele ‘up to $1 million’ to prove claims
- He couldn’t prove allegations; had been a paid informant
Senior FBI Analyst Reveals Obama FBI offered Christopher Steele $1 million for ‘Dirt’ on Trump
FBI supervisory analyst Brian Auten testified on Tuesday that Russia hoax dossier author Christopher Steele was offered $1 million by former President Barack Obama’s FBI for ‘dirt’ on Donald Trump, but he never got the money because he could not “prove the allegations.”
According to the FBI official, Steele refused to provide the names of any of his sources during his meeting with the bureau. Furthermore, Steele didn’t give the FBI anything substantive that corroborated his claims in his debunked dossier.
Auten’s revelations were made at the criminal trial of Igor Danchenko, the Russian asset identified as a primary source for Steele’s dossier. Danchenko has pleaded not guilty to lying to the FBI in connection to the investigation by special counsel John Durham.
The FBI, however, did reimburse expenses for Christopher Steele, making him an FBI informant.
In September, Special Counsel John Durham provided evidence that the FBI was aware of Danchenko’s activities as early as July 2016. Durham also laid out the ties between the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign and the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” operation.
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FBI Counter Intel Supervisor Admits in Court that FBI Offered Steele Another $1 Million to Prove Dossier was Real But He Couldn’t – Lawless FBI Used It to Go After President Trump Anyway
A sixteen-member jury was selected on Tuesday and opening arguments were set for Tuesday afternoon in the trial of Igor Danchenko.
Danchenko a Russian national charged with five counts of making false statements to the FBI in regard to the origins of the Steele Dossier.
Sean Langille from FOX News Night tweeted this out from court earlier today.
Sean Langille: During questioning from Special Counsel John Durham, Brian Auten, a supervisory counter intelligence analyst with the FBI, revealed the FBI offered Christopher Steele one million dollars if he could corroborate allegations in the Dossier, but that Steele could not do so. Auten repeatedly admitted under questioning from Durham that the FBI never got corroboration of the information in the Steele Dossier but used it in the initial FISA application and in the three subsequent renewals.
Danchenko is the main individual those investigating the Trump-Russia collusion fraud wanted to identify – the PSS (primary sub source) – the individual who was behind the material amount of Steele dossier lies. The Deep State kept Danchenko’s name hidden for nearly four years.
One site that located the PSS is aptly named https://ifoundthepss.blogspot.com/2020/07/unmistakable-proof.html (We’ll refer to this individual and website as IFTPSS.) You can find all the excellent information IFTPSS obtained in identifying Danchenko at that site with a summary from our post.
We reported earlier on the relationship Danchenko had with his former professor Fiona Hill – they both worked at the Brookings Institute:
The connection to Fiona Hill is huge because it shows that Adam Schiff’s disgusting unconstitutional impeachment proceeding with his star witness, Fiona Hill, is closely connected to the Russian scandal and the PSS. No wonder the Deep State wanted Danchenko’s name hidden. They’ve kept it hidden for four years.
Of course, according to her resume Fiona Hill worked for the George Soros Open Society Institute from 2000-2006, just 13 years ago.
We then reported in July 2020 Paul Sperry at Real Clear Investigations reported on the PSS and added more color to the individual responsible for all the made-up lies in the fraudulent Steele dossier.
Per Sperry’s reporting of the PSS, he comes across as a misguided alcoholic who was willing to subvert rules to make a living. He reportedly never was an employee of Orbis, Steele’s firm, so this would not impede his chances of obtaining a security clearance. Instead, he was paid through a friend who owned an employment agency and worked out a deal with Steele to pay Danchenko.
We then reported on Danchenko’s bias in 2008 where he stated that he preferred Biden and Obama in that year’s Presidential race as was reported by the far-left Huffington Post.
We then reported that Danchenko was American-based not Russian-based. But this was mis-reported (another lie) in the FBI FISA application.
Per a cursory review of the IG’s FISA report on Carter Page, the fact that Danchenko was not based in Russia was not listed as a material discrepancy in the IG’s report and included in the list of 17 material issues emanating from the fraudulent FISA report.
According to transcripts from Steele’scourt case in the UK, Steele noted that he was provided theories to add to the dossier. The information didn’t come from sources, it was fed to Steele from a former DOJ attorney and Fusion GPS, the firm paid by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC to create the dossier.
Today we find out they never could prove the Steele Dossier but the FBI used it to go after Trump anyway.
More at: thegatewaypundit.com
Durham probe: FBI offered Christopher Steele $1 million to corroborate Trump allegations in dossier
The FBI offered ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele $1 million to corroborate salacious allegations made in his dossier against former President Donald Trump and members of his 2016 campaign, but he was unable to do so, an FBI official testified Tuesday.
FBI supervisory counterintelligence analyst Brian Auten was the first witness in the trial of Igor Danchenko, the Russian national who served as the primary sub-source for Steele’s anti-Trump dossier and has been charged with five counts of making false statements to the bureau.
Auten testified that he and a group of FBI agents went overseas in early October 2021 to speak with Steele about the dossier. During questioning by Special Counsel John Durham on Tuesday, Auten said that during those meetings the FBI offered Steele $1 million if he could corroborate allegations in the dossier. Auten testified that Steele could not do so.
Auten also said that the FBI had no corroboration of allegations in the dossier but nevertheless took that information and inserted it into the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
“On October 21, 2016 [the date of the Carter Page FISA application], did you have any information to corroborate that information?” Durham asked.
“No,” Auten said, confirming that the FBI began receiving Steele’s reports, later known as the dossier, on Sept. 19, 2016, and submitted its first FISA application on Page on Oct. 21, 2016.
Sept. 19, 2016, was also the day that then-Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann brought white papers to a meeting at FBI headquarters with then-FBI General Counsel James Baker that alleged the Trump Organization was using a secret back channel to communicate with Kremlin-linked Alfa Bank in the weeks leading up to the presidential election.
Sussmann was found not guilty of making a false statement to the FBI in June. Sussmann had allegedly brought the information to Baker on Sept. 19, 2016, and he allegedly claimed that he was not doing work on behalf of any client but rather bringing the data as a citizen concerned with national security.
Meanwhile, Auten also said the FBI reached out to other intelligence agencies to see if they could corroborate information relating to dossier, which was commissioned by opposition research firm Fusion GPS and paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee through law firm Perkins Coie.
Auten repeatedly admitted under questioning from Durham that the FBI never received corroboration of the information in the Steele dossier, but he stressed that it was used in the initial FISA application and in the three subsequent renewals.
The special master currently reviewing records seized by the FBI in its unprecedented raid of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, Judge Raymond Dearie, who at the time sat on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, signed off on the final warrant to surveil Page.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, in 2019, said that the dossier served as the basis for the FISA warrants against Page. Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee first said that the dossier served as the basis for those warrants and surveillance.
The Justice Department admitted in 2020 that the FISA warrants to surveil Page, when stripped of the FBI’s misinformation, did not meet the necessary legal threshold and never should have been issued.
Auten also testified Tuesday that the FBI considered submitting FISA applications against Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos but said the FBI ultimately did not do so.
In March 2016, as an aide to the Trump campaign focusing on foreign policy, Papadopoulos met with Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud in London who told him that the Russians had dirt in the form of emails that could damage Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Papadopoulos then told Australian diplomat Alexander Downer of the new information. Downer reported Papadopoulos’ comments to the FBI.
Papadopoulos was charged in former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation with making a false statement to the FBI. The charging document said the false statement was about the timing of his meeting with Mifsud and about his knowledge of Mifsud’s connections to Russia. The charging document also claimed that he “impeded” the investigation by making his false statement.
But Papadopoulos did not only meet with Mifsud and Downer while overseas. He met with Cambridge professor and longtime FBI informant Stefan Halper and his female associate, who went under the alias Azra Turk. Papadopoulos told Fox News that he saw Turk three times in London: once over drinks, once over dinner and once with Halper.
In 2019, Papadopoulos told Fox News that he always suspected he was being recorded. It is unclear which of these people, if any, may have recorded conversations with Papadopoulos.
But Papadopoulos’ meetings overseas resurfaced in 2019 as part of Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, sources told Fox News at the time.
Meanwhile, Mueller’s investigation yielded no evidence of criminal conspiracy or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election.
Auten’s testimony came during the first day of the second trial out of Durham’s years-long investigation.
The charges against Danchenko stem from certain statements he made to the FBI relating to the sources he used in providing information to an investigative firm in the United Kingdom related to the dossier.
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