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Republicans say, the ear played the Central role in the Obama Department of justice investigation into Trump’s 2016 campaign, and had the main connections to the infamous Steele dossier. Fox News chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports. #Tucker
Embattled justice Department official Bruce ear had contact in the year 2016 with a then-colleague Andrew Weissmann, who is now a top-Robert Müller Deputy, and other senior FBI officials about the controversial anti-Trump-Dossiers, and the people behind it, two sources told Fox News close to the matter.
The sources said the ear of the public relations work on the dossier as well as its author, ex-British spy, Christopher Steele; the opposition research company behind it, Glenn Simpson Fusion GPS; and his wife, Nellie ear the work for the merger – which occurred before and after the FBI fired Steele as a source about his media contacts. The ear is the event containing a network of contacts on the dossier: the former FBI agent Peter Strzok; former FBI lawyer, Lisa page; former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe; Weissmann and at least one other DOJ official; and a current FBI agent, together with Strzok on the Russia.
Weissmann was kept “in the loop” on the dossier, a source said, while he was chief of the criminal fraud division. He is now Special Counsel Müller’s team.
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The list includes several figures that have the contempt of the President, Trump pulled when he criticized the Russia probe and the persons involved in its early stages. Trump was especially hard in the ear, since his wife, Nellie’s, claims the last work for the Fusion of GPS, such as the President’s bias against him within the Department. Just Thursday morning, Trump complained on Twitter about Nellie’s ear Fusion to work, and cried out: “Bruce was a chief of the Department of justice, and is, incredibly, still there!”
Ear wide circle of contacts shows the members of the FBI management knew of his back-channel activities in relation to the dossier and Steele.
Congressional Republicans are still trying to the end of the ear ‘ s role in the dissemination of unverified dossier, which was an important part of the evidence in obtaining a monitoring guarantee for the then-Trump-campaign aide Carter page in October 2016. The ear was grilled by house committees behind closed doors for seven hours earlier this week.
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A Republican-authored House Intelligence Committee, the memo published in February, said that Steele “contact” with the ear “fired before and after” the government of the ex-British spy as the source. “Shortly after the election, the FBI, the survey of the ear, all testify to his communication with Steele,” the memo said. “For example, in September of 2016, Steele his feelings and admitted to the ear of then-candidate Trump when Steele said he was not desperate, that Donald Trump elected, and was not passionate about him as a President.'”
In addition, the ear, the displayed handwritten notes, the contribution from Fox News, two weeks after the election, on Nov. 21, he made a list, the page Strzok and the FBI-agent – possibly a reference to a meeting. “No [enforcement]. You push the case further on M. you Can go back to Chris,” he wrote. Congressional investigators have told Fox News they believe that the “M” probably referring to the former trump-campaign-Chairman, Paul Manafort, was recently convicted of tax and bank fraud charges in Virginia, and “Chris” Christopher Steele.
In the same month, Steele, a confidential source about his contact with the media about the dossier was fired by the FBI.
According to court documents, an FBI memo also shows that Weissmann met in April 2017, with a group of reporters about Manafort. The timing seems significant, coming a month before the FBI Director James Comey was fired, Miller was appointed to lead the special counsel team.
Republican lawmakers, the question is asked, the ear-at the beginning of this week, say that the connections between Bruce’s ear, and his wife, Nellie, became part of Russia, research for the opposition research firm behind the dossier, were known.
“If you went to court, the FBI knew three important things. And you not disclose, according to the court,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said. “Did you know that the ear’ participation in the production of the documents. She knew that Chris Steele stayed in this extreme bias against the President. And you knew who paid for the dossier. And they did not disclose these facts to the court, if it was to do with the power to spy by Carter page, and the trump campaign.”
Fusion of GPS and its co-founders have not Fox News responded to questions for this story, or from previous reports. During the Fusion of GPS were financial documents the subject of a lawsuit, and non-public sources, told Fox News that Nellie’s ear received “multiple payments” in the year 2016 from the Fusion of GPS and the amounts were not “small change.”
Fox News contacted the lawyers for the current and former officials, with which the ear came into contact with, as well as Müller ‘ s office, and they declined to comment or did not respond.
House Democrats say the focus on the ear, a career official whose portfolio does not include Russia, is incorrectly interpreted by them was not forbidden to the Republicans, and his public relations work on behalf of Steele, or are illegal. As part of a “fact-check” Reporter, Reps. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, said: “In the fall of 2016, the FBI ended its formal relationship with Mr. Steele, a confidential human source because of its unauthorized disclosure to the press-not because of any factual problems with the dossier or other information, which Mr. Steele provided.”
The senior Democrats: “If Mr. Steele reached then the ear, with additional information, Mr ear accordingly, it was sufficient to FBI investigators confirm the assessment of their credibility, and may, with other evidence. At the time, Mr ear Director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, and it was not his task, the accuracy of this information, even the vet.”
Catherine Herridge is an award-winning chief Intelligence correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC) based in Washington, DC she covers intelligence, the justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security. Herridge joined FNC in 1996 as the London correspondent.