(U) The FBI has since provided the Committee access to classified documents relevant to the [redacted]. As explained in greater detail below, when information in those classified documents is evaluated in light of sworn statements by Mr. Steele in British litigation, it appears that either Mr. Steele lied to the FBI or the British court, or that the classified documents reviewed by the Committee contain materially false statements.
(U) But there is substantial evidence suggesting that Mr. Steele materially misled the FBI about a key aspect of his dossier efforts, one which bears on his credibility.
Steele leaked dossier info to media
(U) However, public reports, court filings, and information obtained by the Committee during witness interviews in the course of its ongoing investigation indicate that Mr. Steele [redacted] provided dossier information [redacted] to numerous media organizations prior to the end of [redacted] October 2016.
The referral showed that at the end of September 2016, and mid-October 2016, at Fusion’s instruction, Steele and Fusion leaked info to New York Times, Washington Post, Yahoo News, New Yorker, and CNN.
According to the court filings, “the briefings involved the disclosure of limited intelligence regarding indications of Russian interference in the US election process and the possible co-ordination of members of Trump’s campaign team and Russian government officials.”
Steele got info from Clinton associates and State Department
(U) One memorandum by Mr. Steele that was not published by Buzzfeed is dated October 19, 2016. The report alleges [redacted], as well as [redacted]. Mr. Steele’s memorandum states that his company “received this report from [redacted] US State Department,” that the report was the second in a series, and that the report was information that came from a foreign sub-source who “is in touch with [redacted], a contact of [redacted], a friend of the Clintons, who passed it to [redacted].” It is troubling enough that the Clinton Campaign funded Mr. Steele’s work, but that these Clinton associates were contemporaneously feeding Mr. Steele allegations raises additional concerns about his credibility.
Hillary Clinton served as Secrety of State from January 21, 2009 to February 1, 2013.