FBI Tried to Pay $1 Million to Verify Anti-Trump Dossier

The trial of Russian-American Igor Danchenko is underway in which the supervisory counterintelligence analyst of the FBI, Brian Auten, revealed shocking details about the partisan actions of the FBI.

Reportedly, the FBI offered $1 million to former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, who is also the founder of the infamous anti-Trump dossier.

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FBI’s Partisan Actions Unleashed

According to Auten, he went overseas with some FBI agents to talk about the anti-Trump dossier with Steele.

During the meeting, the FBI offered $1 million to Steele to prove his anti-Trump claims. However, Steele was unable to corroborate the allegations against Trump.

Furthermore, Auten claimed the FBI failed to verify the authenticity of the anti-Trump dossier, but the agency still used the information to spy on Trump’s former aide, Carter Page, by relying on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

The Inspector General of the Justice Department, Michael Horowitz, also claimed, in 2019, that an anti-Trump dossier was used to trigger FISA warrants against Page.

Likewise, Auten stated the FBI started receiving information about Steele’s dossier on September 19, 2016, almost 50 days before the 2016 presidential elections.

The same day, Hillary Clinton’s campaign lawyer, Michael Sussman, handed over white papers to the FBI, which mentioned Trump was in contact with Russian banks.

Even though Sussman was working for Hillary Clinton, he told the FBI he was not working for any client. Instead, Sussman stated, he handed over the evidence to the FBI as an independent American worried about the national security of the United States.

Apart from that, the FBI contacted other agencies to verify the anti-Trump dossier, which was sponsored by a liberal opposition research firm, the Hillary Clinton campaign, and the Democratic National Committee.

In 2020, the Justice Department acknowledged the FISA warrants against Page did not make any sense without the information from the Steele dossier. This means the FBI was not authorized to pursue FISA warrants against Trump’s aide without leveraging the disgraced Steele dossier.

Danchenko’s Trial Kicks Off in Virginia

Meanwhile, Auten also testified the FBI wanted to pursue FISA warrants against George Papadopoulos, who was the foreign policy adviser in Trump’s campaign.

Papadopoulos was accused of connecting Trump’s campaign with foreign entities, a claim that is yet to be proved. However, the federal agency avoided going against Papadopoulos.

Danchenko is undergoing trial in a federal court in Virginia for lying to the FBI about the sources of his anti-Trump information, which was included in the Steele dossier. He has pleaded not guilty to all five counts of lying to the FBI.

Prosecutors suggested Danchenko fabricated one source, while trying to conceal another when he was questioned by the FBI.

Although Danchenko claimed he received an anonymous phone call, which is his source of the anti-Trump information, his phone records suggest he never received any anonymous phone call at that time.

This article appeared in TheDailyBeat and has been published here with permission.

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