• Durham probe: FBI offered Christopher Steele $1 million to corroborate

    From Johnny@21:1/5 to All on Wed Oct 12 07:54:07 2022
    By Jake Gibson , Brooke Singman , David Spunt
    Published October 11, 2022

    The FBI offered ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele $1
    million to corroborate salacious allegations made in his dossier
    against former President Donald Trump and members of his 2016 campaign,
    but he was unable to do so, an FBI official testified Tuesday.

    FBI supervisory counterintelligence analyst Brian Auten was the first
    witness in the trial of Igor Danchenko, the Russian national who served
    as the primary sub-source for Steele's anti-Trump dossier and has been
    charged with five counts of making false statements to the bureau.

    Auten testified that he and a group of FBI agents went overseas in
    early October 2021 to speak with Steele about the dossier. During
    questioning by Special Counsel John Durham on Tuesday, Auten said that
    during those meetings the FBI offered Steele $1 million if he could
    corroborate allegations in the dossier. Auten testified that Steele
    could not do so.

    Auten also said that the FBI had no corroboration of allegations in the
    dossier but nevertheless took that information and inserted it into the
    Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to surveil former
    Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

    "On October 21, 2016 [the date of the Carter Page FISA application],
    did you have any information to corroborate that information?" Durham

    "No," Auten said,...


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