One of the most consequential findings in Inspector General Horrowitz’s “Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane Investigation” is that the “Steele Dossier” was indeed the primary basis for the FISA Chapter 1 Surveillance Warrant against Carter Page and his current and former associates, and that the FBI knew before the first of three subsequent renewals that the dossier was fiction. In turn this means that the FBI agents comprising the Mueller Investigation, who were largely the same agents who had run “Crossfire Hurricane” knew this as well.
Why did the special counsel not tell America that Christopher Steele’s information was false?
By the Editorial Board, the Wall Street Journal
Inspector General Michael Horowitz confirms the FBI sought to verify the claims former British spy Christopher Steele made in his dossier. Yet during an appearance before the House Intelligence Committee on March 20, 2017, when Mr. Comey was asked directly if the bureau was investigating them, Mr. Comey answered: “I’m not gonna comment on that.”
He had good reason to dodge. By that time, the Horowitz report makes clear, the FBI knew that most of the Steele dossier’s claims were unreliable. Yet rather than take a hard look at it, Team Mueller made a deliberate choice to tiptoe around it. In his opening statement to Congress when he testified this July, Mr. Mueller declared he would not address “matters related to the so-called Steele dossier,” which he said were out of his purview.
The falsity of the “Steele Dossier” undermined the entire basis of the investigation and rendered all information gleaned by the electronic collection legally invalid.
Remember that Justice official Bruce Ohr —who served as a conduit between Mr. Steele and the FBI—says Mr. Weissmann was among those at Justice he briefed that Mr. Steele hated Mr. Trump and that the dossier was opposition research. Before Mr. Mueller made him deputy, Mr. Weissmann also praised then Acting Attorney General Sally Yates in an email for refusing to implement a Trump executive order. This November he appeared on MSNBC to suggest that Mr. Trump had broken the law and that he didn’t have faith in Attorney General William Barr to honestly handle the work of career prosecutors.
Mr. Mueller’s dodge on the Steele dossier—and Mr. Weissmann’s partisanship—vindicates our view from 2017 that Mr. Mueller was the wrong man to be special counsel. On the evidence in the Horowitz report, the special counsel team had to know the truth about the Steele dossier and false FBI claims to the FISA court, but they chose to look the other way.
Indeed. The Special Counsel’s office specifically turned a blind eye. From the so called “Mueller Report” we can clearly see that they were aware of Kevin Clinesmith’s falsification of evidence during their write up:
¹FBI personnel assigned to the Special Counsel’s Office were required to adhere to all applicable federal law and all Department and FBI regulations, guidelines, and policies. An FBI attorney worked on FBI-related matters for the Office, such as FBI compliance with all FBI policies and procedures, including the FBI’s Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide (DOIG). That FBI attorney worked under FBI legal supervision, not the Special Counsel’s supervision.”
Robert Mueller and Weissman need to be interviewed under oath.