Tuesday, March 7, 2017

FBI Plan to Pay Ex-Spy for Trump Intel during Campaign Sparks Questions of Obama Admin's Use of Federal Authorities for Political Gain

Source: Chuck Grassley US Senator for Iowa

Mar 06, 2017

Author of unsubstantiated dossier was also researching Trump for Clinton campaign associates when FBI sought to hire him

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley today is seeking details on the FBI's reported plans to hire former British spy Christopher Steele to investigate Donald Trump during the presidential campaign, even though the FBI was aware that he was being paid by Democrat political operatives to conduct opposition research on Trump. Steele is the author of the controversial dossier that includes unsubstantiated claims alleging ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

In a letter today to FBI Director James Comey, Grassley is requesting a briefing on the agreement as well as the FBI use of the material in Steele's memos. Grassley also wants to know whether the FBI ever independently verified the memos' claims.

"The idea that the FBI and associates of the Clinton campaign would pay Mr. Steele to investigate the Republican nominee for President in the run-up to the election raises further questions about the FBI's independence from politics, as well as the Obama administration's use of law enforcement and intelligence agencies for political ends. It is additionally troubling that the FBI reportedly agreed to such an arrangement given that, in January of 2017, then-Director Clapper issued a statement stating that 'the IC has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable, and we did not rely upon it in any way for our conclusions,'" Grassley said in the letter.

In the letter, Grassley is requesting records related to the reported agreement. He is also seeking answers to a number of questions, including who was involved in decisions related to hiring Steele and using his memos, whether the FBI used materials in the memo as the basis for seeking warrants and other investigative tools, and if the FBI has been able to independently verify allegations made in the memos.

Please go to Chuck Grassley US Senator for Iowa website to read the entire letter and article.

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