According to documents newly obtained by Judicial Watch, the FBI was well aware of British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s passionate hatred of Donald Trump when they used his phony, Clinton-paid dossier to secure a FISA warrant against Trump campaign associate Carter Page.
Not only that, but the FBI knew that Steele was the source for a contemporaneously-published article in Yahoo News before they used that same news source as “independent corroboration” in subsequent warrant renewals. The documents, which recount FBI interviews with Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, sow even more doubt about the Obama administration’s intentions when it came to investigating the Trump campaign.
From Fox News:
The summaries of FBI interviews with Ohr, known as 302s, indicated that Ohr knew by September 2016 — a month before the initial FISA application to surveil the Trump campaign — that an individual with links to the dossier was “desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being the U.S. President.”
“Ohr believes [redacted] wanted to blunt or foil the Kremlin’s plans,” the FBI document continued, while recounting claims pushed by Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm behind the dossier that was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee (DNC).
A source close to the matter told Fox News that “this had the effect of putting a senior DOJ official on notice that a witness/source had an extreme bias.”
Just nine days before the FBI applied for its FISA warrant, bureau officials were battling with a senior Justice Department official who had “continued concerns” about the “possible bias” of a source pivotal to the application, according to internal FBI text messages previously obtained by Fox News.
Because cases before the FISA court do not allow defendants to put on any evidence in their own defense, it is incumbent on the Department of Justice to present the court with any and all exculpatory evidence that the judges may need to make their decision on granting a warrant. However, there is every indication now that the DOJ did not do this in the case of Carter Page. They slyly mentioned, in a footnote, that Steele’s dossier may have been paid for by Trump’s political opposition, but that’s about all. They didn’t mention Clinton. They didn’t mention Ohr’s knowledge of Steele’s passionate bias against Trump. And they went out of their way to present a Yahoo News story – for which Steele was the sole source – as independent corroboration of the spy’s claims.
Much of this corruption was already known to anyone paying close attention to this story, but Ohr’s interviews spread the rot a bit further. The FBI/DOJ was out to GET Trump by any means necessary, even if it meant pulling the wool over the court’s eyes.