Steele Goes Dark; Ditches London Court Appearance Following Criminal Referral By US Senate

Former British MI-6 intelligence officer Christopher Steele was a no-show on Monday at a London courthouse, reports Fox News. Steele was expected for a long-requested deposition in a multi-million dollar civil case brought against Buzzfeed, which published a salacious and unverified "Trump-Russia" dossier.

Steele may have skipped out over concerns that he would be asked questions about his contacts with various media outlets in connection with at least two dossiers he had a hand in assembling and disseminating - for which he stands accused by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) of misleading the FBI about his contacts with journalists at various news outlets during the 2016 election. 

"There is substantial evidence suggesting that Mr. Steele materially misled the FBI about a key aspect of his dossier efforts, one which bears on his credibility," reads the unredacted document that refers Steele for criminal prosecution in the US. 

 

It therefore stands to reason that Steele wanted to avoid any uncomfortable questions which might apply to ongoing investigations in US House and Senate. Separately, records obtained and reviewed by Fox News from related civil litigation in Florida reveal that Steele maintains that even showing up for a deposition would “implicate state secrets in London.”

Evan Fray-Witzer, a Boston-based attorney representing Russian tech tycoon Aleksej Gubarev in multi-million dollar civil litigation, described Monday's U.K. court actions to Fox News. “My understanding is that Mr. Steele’s lawyers spent a good deal of time arguing why they thought he (Steele) should not be required to sit for a deposition and that ultimately the court took the entire matter under advisement.”

Gubarev is suing Steele's UK-based Orbis Business Intelligence because the Trump-Russia dossier claimed Gubarev's companies used "botnets and port traffic to transmit viruses, plant bugs and steal data." 

Fray-Witzer stressed in that hearing that the British government “has not asserted” Steele’s claims. The attorney has said Steele “is asserting he can’t speak about things.  We have pointed out that he’s spoken to anyone who is willing to listen, every journalist, and the FBI.” -Fox News

Steele was paid $168,000 by opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which was funded in part by Hillary Clinton and the DNC, who used law firm Perkins Coie as an intermediary. 

Meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary Committee's January 4 criminal referral of Steele also reveals that the former British spy was involved in a second anti-Trump opposition research dossier

As we reported on Monday, this second dossier went from Clinton "hatchet man" Cody Shearer, who gave it to an unnamed official in the Obama State Department, before it was routed to Christopher Steele. It is unknown what happened to the document after that. 

According to the referral, Steele wrote the additional memo based on anti-Trump information that originated with a foreign source. In a convoluted scheme outlined in the referral, the foreign source gave the information to an unnamed associate of Hillary and Bill Clinton, who then gave the information to an unnamed official in the Obama State Department, who then gave the information to Steele. Steele wrote a report based on the information, but the redacted version of the referral does not say what Steele did with the report after that.

Published accounts in the Guardian and the Washington Post have indicated that Clinton associate Cody Shearer was in contact with Steele about anti-Trump research, and Obama State Department official Jonathan Winer was a connection between Steele and the State Department during the 2016 campaign. -Washington Examiner

Of note, Shearer's brother served as an ambassador during the Clinton administration, and his late sister was married to Strobe Talbott, the chief authority on Russia in President Bill Clinton’s State Department, according to ProPublica.

Recalling that the dossier was published by Buzzfeed after the election, we're sure that much like the rest of the swamp; Clinton, Obama, Comey, McCabe, Mueller, Rosenstein, Strzok, Page, and the rest of the gang - Christopher Steele thought Hillary would win, and none of this would have ever come to light.

Better watch out Steele!

 

Comments

IH8OBAMA Tue, 02/06/2018 - 15:27 Permalink

But didn't Hillary and the DNC pay the law firm $6 million for the Dossier?  The middle men must have cleaned up if all they gave Steele was $168K.

 

Beam Me Up Scotty T-NUTZ Tue, 02/06/2018 - 15:35 Permalink

" related civil litigation in Florida reveal that Steele maintains that even showing up for a deposition would “implicate state secrets in London. "

Thats why you use a "foreign" spy to do your dirty work.  Hard to make him testify in the US.  The Russian collusion was with the DNC and Hillary, why are we wasting our time investigating Trump?  Hillary is so BEYOND dirty, it boggles the mind.

What we need right about now is a Wikileaks email dump, ripping the whole thing wide open.  Seth Rich, Uranium One, Bengazi, ALL OF IT.

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gatorengineer J S Bach Tue, 02/06/2018 - 16:00 Permalink

No he just either beat his own head in, will be found with a pillow over his head after he died peacefully in his sleep,  Shot himself in the head with a nail gun 7 times, or fell up a flight of stairs to be found at the top landing.....  Only question remaining is will his passport be in his hand or shirt pocket when found.

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JimmyJones Luc X. Ifer Tue, 02/06/2018 - 16:15 Permalink

Can't wait for pink haired "feminist" to tell me why we are wrong and Trump is still the Devil.  The mental gymnastics that the Leftist Media is forced to go through these days is awesome. One lie after another that disproves the previous lie made a day ago.

I would also add that Mr. Steele wants to remain alive and I would Imagine Team Pedophile, aka Team Hillary and the DNC would like him to not be alive.  He is nothing but a liability now.

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Antifaschistische Luc X. Ifer Tue, 02/06/2018 - 17:25 Permalink

Seriously...that dude is advertising that he ran 6.14 miles in the morning...does he not know Hillary's hitmen can make it look like he just "had a heart attack" at mile 4.71.   He better be accompanied by at least two security guards (on foot), two Shepherds, and a vehicle shadowing him in constant radio contact to race him off to a hospital if he drops for "some reason".

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Chupacabra-322 Twox2 Tue, 02/06/2018 - 17:01 Permalink

This Steele Guy is going to get a visit from some “Wet Work” Individuals.

 

He was also feeding Victoria Nuland “Intelligence” on Ukraine to Kerry’s State Dept.  The Connection to the State Dept was through State Dept Official Johnathan Wiener who was the US Special Envoy to Lyiba from 2013-2016.

 

BENGAZI.

 

Weiner had a prior friendship with Steele, and passed on Steele’s analysis as a courtesy to The State Dept. Europe Bureau, lead at the time by assistant secretary Victoria Nuland.  The State Dept. received at one Steele report a month. A coupe a dozen in total officials said.  

 

Who is Johnathan Wiener?

 

Lawer, Consultant & Diplomat from Maryland.  Served as the State Depts first Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Law Enforcement from 1994-1999 during the Clinton Administration and until January 2017 as the US Specual Envoy to Lybia in the Obama Administration.

 

The Washington Post (Deep State) is already acknowledging it feed / sent information to the FBI, is tight with Victoria Nuland? Who prepared the BENGAZI talking points?  All while Wiener was the Special Envoy to Lybia?  And, (Wiener) has a friendship with special friendship with Steele who’s being briefed by Hillary Clinton?

 

http://www.bongino.com/february-6-2018-ep-649-more-disturbing-revelations/

 

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Eyes Opened J S Bach Tue, 02/06/2018 - 17:25 Permalink

He's bunkin up with Julian in the embassy hotel... 😎

 

"You can check out anytime u like... but u can NEVER leave"

 

Speaking  of Assange... how did the court case go today ?? ....

 

Or .... maybe he took a Tesla ride to mars today...

https://www.rte.ie/news/world/2018/0206/938835-spacex/

 

🚀🚀🚀🚀

 

EDIT..

seems like Assange is still a prisoner...

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/julian-assange-loses-bid-to-have-uk-…

 

🙁🙁

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GUS100CORRINA Shitonya Serfs Tue, 02/06/2018 - 15:58 Permalink

Steele Goes Dark; Ditches London Court Appearance Following Criminal Referral By US Senate

My response: IS THE END TO THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION?

Looks like the writing is on the wall!!

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This is the inscription that was written:

mene, mene, tekel, parsin

“Here is what these words mean:

Mene[e]: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.

Tekel[f]: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.

Peres[g]: Your kingdom is divided and given to the another ruler”

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Mueller investigation is looking like it is coming to a quick end.

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Librarian GUS100CORRINA Tue, 02/06/2018 - 16:32 Permalink

Goodness, no!  Let's hope that Mueller's investigation trudges on at least until next Fall so the voters' minds will be fully aware of what happened.

Steele needs to testify under oath.  Also I'd sure like to hear what Joseph Mifsud the other disappeared British spy has to say.  With any luck, all of this will take at least another 6 months.  This investigation will turn over all the rocks to reveal all the scattering bugs and slime underneath.  Memos will need to be written and national-security vetted and then reported on every night by the MSM.  This was a long and hard fight to FINALLY move this story into the main news cycle despite the MSM's kicking and screaming all the way to try to prevent it.

By April, I will wager you that the Democrats turn hard on Mueller and start attacking him in every way conceivable manner.

Disclaimer:  Long Popcorn

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ebear silverserfer Tue, 02/06/2018 - 19:11 Permalink

"i would rather our country do business with Russia over Saudi Arabia or Israel any day."

A natural gas pipeline from Siberia across the Bering Strait to Alaska and points south would solve a lot of problems.  A joint Russia/USA/Canada Arctic energy development pact wouldn't hurt either.

Cut Saudi Arabia and the rest of the ME out of the equation.  They are nothing but trouble anyway.  Let the EU deal with them if they want, or they can join our Northern Development Alliance and cut the Sand People loose as well.

I would include Japan, China and the Koreas (who hopefully have reunited by then) in the deal.  The rest of the world can pound sand, or follow our example and start fixing their problems without our constant interference, once we no longer need them.

 

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