FBI Omitted Political Origins of Steele Dossier in Key Intelligence Community Assessment

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The Epoch Times:

The FBI failed to disclose crucial details about the political origins and dubious credibility of the claims included in an annex to the seminal Intelligence Community Assessment on Russia, according to a newly declassified record.

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on June 11 declassified Annex A of the January 6, 2017, Intelligence Community Assessment titled “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections.” Then FBI-Director James Comey personally briefed the “salacious” portion of the annex to President-elect Donald Trump on January 7, 2017. The annex consists of claims drawn from the infamous Steele dossier, as well as an assessment of the source of the dossier, Christopher Steele.

By the time the intelligence community published the assessment and the annex, the FBI was already aware that Steele’s research was paid for by a client with political motives. More than a month prior to the publication, the FBI learned that Steele’s research was going to the Hillary Clinton campaign and that Steele was “desperate” that Trump not be elected, according to the Department of Justice Inspector General. Four days after Comey briefed Trump, the FBI learned that the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid for Steele’s research.

In early November of 2016, the FBI cut ties with Steele after learning that he was leaking to the media in violation of FBI’s rules for confidential human sources. The bureau failed to include this detail in the annex despite mentioning that “the source’s reporting appears to have been acquired by multiple Western press organizations starting in October.”

The FBI was also aware, but failed to disclose, that one of Steele’s main sources was linked to Russian intelligence. According to a recently declassified footnote from the inspector general’s report, “in October 2016, FBI investigators learned that one of Steele’s main sources was linked to the Russian Intelligence Service (RIS), and was rumored to be a former KGB/SVR officer.”

The bureau was also aware that Russian intelligence was cognizant as early as July 2016 about Steele’s election research, but did not include the information in the annex.

Comey and FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe fought to include the dossier in the assessment despite opposition from the CIA, which was concerned that the claims in the dossier were not adequately vetted. The conflict was resolved by including the dossier information in the annex to the assessment.

The annex states that some of Steele’s claims aligned with the assessments of the intelligence community, including the assessment that Russian President Vladimir Putin interfered in the 2016 presidential election to help defeat Clinton.

The annex is not the first official record where the FBI knowingly omitted facts about the Steele dossier which would undermine its credibility. The dossier played a crucial role in the bureau’s decision to obtain a surveillance warrant to spy on Trump campaign associate Carter Page. The DOJ inspector general found that the FBI committed 17 serious errors and omissions in its applications, some of which were directly related to the dossier.

Leo Terrell Wakes Up. Democrats Have Been Hijacked By Extremists.

Leo Terrell has been a partisan Democrat all his life, and while sometimes he has been a bit foolish in his partisanship, he is plenty smart enough to know that the hate and chaos being whipped up by Democrats and their friends in the elite media are going to result in inner city areas burned to the ground and it will be minority families killed and impacted the most.

The elite media makes it look like these people whipped up by communist agitators are the minority, they are far from it. If real widespread violence starts these people will be cannon fodder. Terrell understands this, Democrats hope you will not.

This is even better…

This is what I mean by cannon fodder:

Just What Do You Think This Means?

The picture below is the socialist/communist Iron Fist holding the neck of the snake on the Gadsden Flag saying “We Will Tread.”

The original Gadsden Flag with the snake saying “Don’t Tread On Me” has a very specific meaning; that if you mess with us our our freedom you are going to get bit.

You look at this picture and contemplate just what that means for you and what these communist agitators intend to do you you.

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Famed Black Americans on Racism

While we are not sure that we agree with MRC’s claim that systematic racism does not exist, there is still a great deal of wisdom in this video.

We agree with Anthony Mackie in that for some people there is a problem with stereotypes. We also agree with one of the speakers that the grievance industry has a vested interest in division, hate, envy and chaos.