According to several witnesses who have spoken to Congress, the British national security adviser Mark Lyall Grant reached out to the incoming Trump team in January 2017 to warn them about the Christopher Steele dossier and its reliability. Having seen the news reports that the President-elect had been briefed on the dossier by Obama officials, Grant reportedly reached out to Michael Flynn and the rest of Trump’s national security team to tell them that Steele’s dossier was not all it was cracked up to be.
“Most significantly, then-British national security adviser Sir Mark Lyall Grant claimed in the memo, hand-delivered to incoming U.S. national security adviser Mike Flynn’s team, that the British government lacked confidence in the credibility of former MI6 spy Christopher Steele’s Russia collusion evidence, according to congressional investigators who interviewed witnesses familiar with the memo,” reports The Hill’s John Solomon.
“Congressional investigators have interviewed two U.S. officials who handled the memo, confirmed with the British government that a communique was sent, and alerted the Department of Justice (DOJ) to the information,” Solomon continues. “One witness confirmed to Congress that he was interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller about the memo.”
According to one former National Security Council official, the British were concerned that the incoming President would hold Britain responsible for the phony dossier, seeing as how it came from one of their former spies. Grant wanted to put the kibosh on that notion, since he was afraid it might sour relations between the UK and the new administration.
“The message was clear: the Brits were saying they may have done some stuff to assist the investigation that they now regretted after learning the whole thing was based on information from Steele,” the former official told Solomon. “They wanted Trump’s team to know they did not think Steele’s information was credible or reliable. They also wanted Trump to know whatever they had done, they did only at the Americans’ request and didn’t want it to get in the way of cooperating with the U.S.”
Not that we needed it at this point, but this is just one more piece of information that pushes us towards the inexorable conclusion: That the Obama intelligence agencies knew that the Steele dossier was nonsense all along. They knew what it was, they knew where it came from, and they knew who paid for it. And despite all of that, they used it to fool the FISA court into handing them a foreign surveillance warrant against an American citizen. They used it to build a case against Donald Trump.
Unacceptable, unethical, and possibly downright illegal.
The shoes are dropping fast now. Comey, Clapper, Brennan, McCabe, Strzok, and the rest of them had better watch out.