FBI still investigating discredited dirty dossier
The FBI is routinely asking witnesses in its Russia investigation about the accusations in a dossier against Donald Trump, further expanding the reach of a discredited opposition research paper sourced from the Kremlin and financed and distributed by Democrats.What is the purpose of wasting FBI agents' time on an already discredited document? A better use of their time would be to investigate those responsible for producing such a document in an attempt to influence the election. If they are investigating hacking as an attempt to influence the election, why not investigate those responsible for producing such a document.
A source close to the investigation described the dossier as a checklist agents tick off as they go over numerous unverified charges denounced as fabrications by President Trump and his aides.
The source called it strange that a gossip-filled series of memos is guiding the way the bureau is conducting the investigation.
The memos were used not only to try to surreptitiously influence the November election, but congressional Democrats also used them to attack the president.
The FBI is using the checklist approach even though former Director James B. Comey referred to the memos from ex-British spy Christopher Steele as “some salacious and unverified material” when he testified in June on his firing by Mr. Trump.
When asked at a hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence whether he relied on the dossier to investigate Russian hacking, former CIA Director John O. Brennan replied, “No.”
“It wasn’t part of the corpus of intelligence information that we had,” he said. “It was not in any way used as a basis for the intelligence community assessment that was done.”
Mr. Brennan is the Obama administration official who helped persuade the FBI to investigate the Trump team during the presidential campaign by providing a list of Russians who he said had contacts with Trump insiders. He testified that he did not know what was said.