Senator Grassley Launches Probe Into FBI Ties With British Spy Behind "Trump Dossier"

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It took less than 24 hours for republicans to strike back at James Comey's unexpected revolt against Donald Trump on Sunday afternoon, when as the NYT first reported the FBI director had demanded that the DOJ reject Trump's accusations it was wiretapping the Trump Tower (the DOJ has still not done so, and questions are still being asked why Comey himself did not do as he requested especially since any FISA court order would have come from the FBI).

Senator Chuck Grassley, the republican Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has opened a probe into allegations the FBI worked with the British spy who authored the controversial opposition research dossier - which at various points was funded by both an unnamed democrat and republican - on President Trump during the 2016 election.  In a letter to Comey, Grassley asked for records pertaining to any agreements the agency may have had with Christopher Steele. As a reminder, the former MI6 agent wrote an explosive memo on behalf of Trump’s political enemies alleging that the Russians had compromising information on the president.

Comey briefed Trump on the existence of the memo in a private meeting in January. Shortly after, several news organizations published the unverified allegations, which the White House denied; BuzzFeed controversially posted the whole memo, for which it has since been taken to court. 

In late February, The Washington Post reported that the FBI reached an agreement with Steele whereby the British spy would continue his investigation on behalf of the bureau.

“While Trump has derided the dossier as 'fake news' compiled by his political opponents, the FBI’s arrangement with Steele shows that the bureau considered him credible and found his information, while unproved, to be worthy of further investigation,” the Post, which has been spoon-fed every piece of leaked wiretapped information involving the Trump administration, reported at the time.

However, today Grassley pushed back and demand the FBI provide information relevant to its relationship with and use of the British spy, whose salacious allegations - among which an infamous golden shower scene involving hookers - have infuriated Trump and his allies.

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,” Grassley wrote.

“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 [intelligence community] 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.’”

In his letter, Grassley asks for all records regarding Steele’s investigation, details of the agreement between the FBI and Steele, the FBI’s policies for using outside investigators, and whether the bureau has relied on any of the information Steele has provided in seeking warrants.

Grasley also wants to know how the FBI obtained a copy of Steele’s documents, whether it has additional documents that were not published by Buzzfeed, and whether any FBI activity was influenced by the Steele memo.

Among Grassley's  list of questions comes what could be the most devastating of his inquiries, considering President Trump’s accusation that the Obama administration wiretapped his 2016 presidential campaign:

Has the FBI relied on or otherwise referenced the memos or any information in the memos in seeking a FISA warrant, other search warrant, or any other judicial process? Did the FBI rely on or otherwise reference the memos in relation to any National Security Letters? If so, please include copies of all relevant applications and other documents.

“National Security Letters” are one of the FBI’s most secretive instruments for obtaining information. They are frequently accompanied by powerful gag orders which forbid the recipient of the letter from discussing it.

We look forward to the FBI's response in the matter, as the law enforcement organization, and its boss, scramble to prove to both republicans and democrats that it is not - as many allege - politically tainted beyond salvage.

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FrozenGoodz's picture

Careful what you look for ...

Adullam's picture

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Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Bringing this kind of .gov sleaziness into the open is exactly what is needed. Be ready with the DDT sprayer because the cockroaches will try to scatter as soon as the light is turned on.

eatthebanksters's picture

BOOM!  The shit is going to start flying.  Be ready for all of the fast talking and lies from the left as they try and squirm out of this as it gets uncovered.  How about this from Hillary...think she was in the loop?

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xythras (not verified) eatthebanksters Mar 6, 2017 8:04 PM

@adullam, suck our collective balls Jew

Adullam's picture

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xythras (not verified) Adullam Mar 6, 2017 9:47 PM

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Adullam's picture

Kike? Jew? There you go with your 'fake news' again.

At least when I call you a spammer it is verifiable by all to see.

TeethVillage88s's picture

@Kerpen Phil Kerpen seems like a nice guy.

Plus 1

Target Rich Environment. Total Distraction from what TBTF are doing. Maybe there will be one fall guy who is totally a nobody and has no connections. Glass is half full to me I guess.

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, John C. Dugan, John D. Hawke
Treasury Secretary, Jack Lew, Timothy Geithner, Henry Paulson, John Snow, Larry Summers, Robert Rubin
FDIC Chairman, Martin J. Gruenberg, Sheila Bair, Donald E. Powell, Donna Tanoue
SEC Director, Mary Jo White, Elisse Walter, Mary Schapiro, Christopher Cox, William Donaldson, Harvey Pitt, Arthur Levitt
FINRA Directors, Mary Schapiro,
DOJ Director, Eric Holder
FBI Director, Robert Swan Mueller III, James B. Comey
President of the US, Barack Obama
Obama National Security Advisor

1971, Nixon Shock, President Nixon consulted chairman Arthur Burns, John Connally, Paul Volcker.

- So who should we go after for 9 years of QE, LIRP/ZIRP, TRAP (continued in 2015 & 2016), and TAF Auction Window Loans including on Commercial Paper?

2017 Committee Members

Janet L. Yellen, Board of Governors, Chair
William C. Dudley, New York, Vice Chairman
Lael Brainard, Board of Governors
Charles L. Evans, Chicago
Stanley Fischer, Board of Governors
Patrick Harker, Philadelphia
Robert S. Kaplan, Dallas
Neel Kashkari, Minneapolis
Jerome H. Powell, Board of Governors
Daniel K. Tarullo, Board of Governors

fiatmasochist's picture

isn't this the server linked to Hillary and the Awan brothers?

TeethVillage88s's picture

Agree. Now we have street fighting in Washington DC led by politicos.

- We never saw anything like this in the 2007-2022 Global Financial Crisis with regard to TBTF Bankers.
- Repeating the message & posting links, tables, graphs, sources, studies... all seem appropriate
- Middle Class is gone
- Pensioners, Fixed Income People are losing wealth to Central Bank policies
- Insurance companies, Trust Funds, Health Care companies, 401Ks, IRAs, Pensions are bleeding wealth or losing big fees, management costs

Muh Raf's picture

The real reason the sun never set on the British empire is that you cannot trust an Englishman in the dark

nmewn's picture

Atta boy Grassley. 

Jim Sampson's picture

The only reason he gets voted in every time is because everyone knows he's been there forever and gets top priority when it comes to the state's money.  Fuck, he's been in office longer than I've been alive.

nmewn's picture

Yeah, well, sometimes ya gotta dance with the girl ya brung ;-)

Kayman's picture

"Ya dances wit da girl what brung ya."

jcaz's picture

Yep- Chuck can be interesting as long as he stays away from finance, for which he has no clue.

This is a nice opportunity for Chuck to redeem himself in my eyes- he's as honest as any political lifer can be= bar set pretty low.

ReZn8r's picture

Grassley know how to ask questions that cannot be skirted around. The FBI is phucked this time. I'm ROFLMAO!

orangegeek's picture

They won't fire Comey - Trump will put this pig on display and humiliate him to the point that he will resign - this takes time.


The wheels are in motion.

Son of Loki's picture

Comey has to be one of the Biggest Weasels in DC.

Makes me wonder what the Clinton Krime Family has paid him?

Cheka_Mate's picture

This goes back to the Marc Rich pardon.

Guiliani had many opportunities to catch Rich on charges but Comey backed off.

Trump has to have dirt on Comey from Guiliani now as his cybersecurity staff member.

Give it time 

caconhma's picture

Trump is a US President and FBI is working for DOJ. His AG is refusing to do his job. What a fuck is going on? Trump, where did you find all these losers?

So Tweeting Don, why don't you resign before fucking off the entire America.


Look at  the Trump's immigration ban. All is fucked up. Instead Trump could make visa screening extremely complicated and drastically reduce the number of people doing the Visa screening. It is that simple! Then go to the Congress and change the Immigration Law to your liking. However, it is too much for Tweeting Don.

Chupacabra-322's picture

The case against these Criminals grow with every passing hour. The Subpoena's are mounting. The Wallls are closing in on the Deep State.

The War is within the Deep State. There will be casualties.

Someone with some Big Balls had better start making some arrests & soon with Indictments if Trump or the Government for that matter wants to be taken seriously again.

Long Subpoena's.

Saucy-Jack's picture

Comey has not made a statement.

Only leaks were provided.

Comey is on DJT's side.

This is all just a trap. A canary trap. Barium meals. The pros are now running intelligence.

ReZn8r's picture

That should of happened at 12:01 pm 1-20-17

hannah's picture

'....since any FISA court order would have come from the FBI)' this is not true....the president and the doj can do a fisa. this was the reason the fisa should never have been allowed. a corrupt president and entrenched establishment could spy on political enemies... ADN IT IS ALL LEGAL....BUT....OBAMA CANT LIE TO THE JUDGE OR HIDE INFORMATION. when they took the name (trump) off the first fisa and then did a second fisa for the same server, they broke the law.

J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock's picture

I strongly suggest looking into who it was that suggested/recommended Steele, and who hired him in the first place, and why.

Name names and hold to account.

And why he is still on the payroll?

With this history being made so public and the ongoing 'interest' in his activities....I smell a rat.


"Brit spy at centre of Trump ‘dirty dossier’ rumpus was taught secrets of Putin's sex tape stings by Russian defector Litvinenko who was murdered by radioactive tea.

- A former general in the intelligence agency the KBG and its successor the FSB, Erovinkin was reportedly a key aide to former deputy prime minister Igor Sechin.

- Oleg Erovinkin, suspected of being a key source in the compiling discredited dossier, has been found dead.

- Former MI6 spy Steele reportedly claimed that he had a source close to Sechin in an intelligence report from July last year.

- Ex-MI6 spy Christopher Steele charged £130,000 for Trump 'dirty dossier' and 'sexed it up'."


J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock

aloha_snakbar's picture

Is Comey a Russian?

Winston Churchill's picture

He does look a little like Stalin.

Koba the Dread's picture

Of course not, idiot! The Russians are the good guys in our generation.

aloha_snakbar's picture

I heard he was seen drinking Vodka once...

Bigly's picture

They need to go on the offensive or risk being sniped to crazed statist at a time.

Trump must start arresting people.  High level first and immediately 

EuroPox's picture

There must be a reason why no high level arrests have yet been made but further down the foodchain a lot of people have been arrested - from the MSM ... crickets.

There are now so many 'investigations' (and demands for more) that it is a complete distraction and it sometimes feels like we are being sucked into the swamp; it needs draining - they must have enough on Soros to arrest him tomorrow.

decon's picture

A good investigation always starts at the periphery and works towards the core.  If all the innuendo about high level figures involved with horrible crimes is true, you can bet the investigators are being very careful to put together and air tight case.  You can also bet that the principals know it's coming because it's hard to keep it concealed when co-conspirators start getting interviewed.

BigCumulusClouds's picture

Grassly is a Mason. He also is a good guy. It looks like the US Masons are splitting from their European counterparts or those higher up in the food chain. Time will tell.

Kefeer's picture

What about a probe into Harry Reid who publically told the CIA to give Trump fake intelligence reports? 

This also reveals that there exist FAKE INTELLIGENT REPORT. 

beemasters's picture

Iraq's WMD would have told you that.

aloha_snakbar's picture

We have the best government and law enforcement that money (or privilege) can buy...

Motasaurus's picture

End the Fed. 

Fuck the FBI

Execute the CIA

Destroy Homeland Security.

Burn the NSA

Once you've done that you might get your country back.

Big Twinkie's picture

Don't forget to fuck the beloved IRS.

dexter_morgan's picture

Yeah. Hopefully Koskinnen, or whatever the fuck his name is, is next

barysenter's picture

They go when the Fed goes.

Kefeer's picture

You left out the most important element, the very element that our nations principals are founded and we have abandoned and been abandoned.

"and My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land". - 2 Chronicles 7:14

Sudden Debt's picture

All these agencies are supposed to protect the people of America...


and every single one of these agencies sees the American people as enemies...


and nobody does anything about it....


only in America...

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Motasaurus,

The IRS is one of the arms of the Deep State along with the CIA, NSA, FBI, DHS, DOJ, DOD, State Dept., EPA, NOAA & NWS.

As per former CIA officer / Anti Terrorism Specialist Kevin Shipp.

buzzsaw99's picture

Comey is toast. Both sides hate him.