More news about Steele dossier and FISA abuse

DoJ’s investigation

On February 27, Jeff Sessions said that DoJ will investigate potential abuse of FISA.

On March 1, Nunes informed DoJ that the FBI may have violated criminal statutes when it sought FISA warrants to spy on Carter Page.

On March 6, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Rep. Trey Gowdy demanded Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special counsel to investigate FISA abuse.

On March 7, Sen. Lindsey Graham said there should be a special counsel to investigate the FISA abuse, noting the DoJ and FBI “got off the rails” by approving the warrant.

On March 7, Jeff Sessions said he “will consider” naming a second special counsel to probe the FISA abuse.

On March 9, Jeff Sessions said he was confident that Inspector General and his team was well-equiped for the FISA probe, and was open for a second special counsel.

Steele knew who paid him

According to an article from New Yorker:

In the spring of 2016, Orbis Business Intelligence—a small investigative-research firm that Steele and a partner had founded, in 2009, after leaving M.I.6, Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service—had agreed to do opposition research on Trump’s murky relationship with Russia. Under the arrangement, Orbis was a subcontractor working for Fusion GPS, a private research firm in Washington. Fusion, in turn, had been contracted by a law firm, Perkins Coie, which represented both Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Several months after Steele signed the deal, he learned that, through this chain, his research was being jointly subsidized by the Clinton campaign and the D.N.C. In all, Steele was paid a hundred and sixty-eight thousand dollars for his work.

However, the FISA application on October 21, 2016 stated:

The identified U.S. Person never advised Source #1 as to the motivation behind the research into Candidate #1’s ties to Russia.

Susan Rice ordered NSC “stand down”

According to Mother Jones, Susan Rice ordered NSC to “stand down” in response to Russian interference, because the Obama administration worried that the reactions could help Trump and hurt Clinton.

A high‑profile U.S. government reaction, they worried, could amplify the psychological effects of the Russian attack and help Moscow achieve its end. “There was a concern if we did too much to spin this up into an Obama-Putin face-off, it would help the Russians achieve their objectives,” a participant in the principals meeting later noted. “It would create chaos, help Trump, and hurt Clinton. We had to figure out how to do this in a way so we wouldn’t create an own-goal. We had a strong sense of the Hippocratic Oath: Do no harm.”

But Wallander and Daniel’s bosses at the White House were not on board. One day in late August, national security adviser Susan Rice called Daniel into her office and demanded he cease and desist from working on the cyber options he was developing. “Don’t get ahead of us,” she warned him. The White House was not prepared to endorse any of these ideas. Daniel and his team in the White House cyber response group were given strict orders: “Stand down.” She told Daniel to “knock it off,” he recalled.

Trump’s lawyers seeking deal to end Russia investigation

On March 9, the Wall Street Journal reported:

President Donald Trump’s lawyers are seeking to negotiate a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller that uses an interview with the president as leverage to spur a conclusion to the Russia investigation, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

Trump’s lawyers are considering a deadline to end the probe 60 days after the interview, and limiting the scope of questions.


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