The Justice Department under President Obama could have used the Steele dossier to gain surveillance powers over the Trump campaign, knowing full well that the contents of the dossier were unreliable. The Daily Caller reports:
Justice Department and FBI officials exchanged emails during the late stages of the 2016 presidential campaign discussing concerns within the intelligence community about the infamous Steele dossier, according to a new report.
The emails also show that top government officials were aware that Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier, was in contact with reporters regarding his investigation into President Donald Trump and his possible links to Russia.
The emails, first reported by The Hill, were exchanged in October 2016, before the FBI submitted its first of four applications for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
The emails could lend further evidence to Republicans’ allegations that the FBI used information that it knew to be uncorroborated to obtain FISA warrants against Page. The documents could also raise the possibility that the FBI used circular reporting in the FISA applications. That’s because the bureau relied on a news article published by Yahoo on Sept. 23, 2016 in its FISA applications. The application presents the news article as separate from the dossier, even though Steele provided information to the author of the piece, Michael Isikoff.
If this conspiracy is true and exposed, it would mean that Hillary Clinton paid for a fake dossier, fed it to Obama’s DOJ all in a bid to have the Federal government spy on a Presidential candidate.