Declassified Grassley Document Confirms FISA Memo's Explosive Claims

  • A declassified document from the Senate Judiciary Committee confirms that the FBI "relied heavily" on an unverified dossier in order to obtain FISA surveillance warrants on one-time Trump advisor Carter Page
  • Unredacted portions of the document reveal the FBI's extensive involvement with the creator of the dossier, former UK spy Christopher Steele
  • Despite Steele lying to the FBI which led to the agency ending their relationship, they still used his unverified memo and vouched for his reputation to obtain the FISA warrants
  • The unredacted memo clarifies that the FBI notified the FISA court of the dossier's political origins "to a vaguely limited extent"
  • The FBI has withheld the notes from their meetings with Steele
  • Steele received information for an unpublished second dossier from the Obama State Department led by John Kerry at the time
  • Much of the information in this "Grassley Memo" matches with the contents of the "Nunes Memo" released by the House Intelligence Committee last Friday.

A largely unredacted version of a criminal referral made against Fusion GPS operative Christopher Steele reveals several new bombshells, and confirms that the FBI heavily relied on an unverified dossier created by the former UK spy - along with a Yahoo News article which used Steele's information, to obtain a FISA surveillance warrant on one-time Trump advisor Carter Page. 

Christopher Steele

The previously redacted sections of the document notably covered up the FBI's extensive working relationship with Steele - who was paid $168,000 to create the dossier used in the FISA applications. The fact that he was considered reliable was used as an argument to the FISA court to make up for the fact that the underlying dossier was unverified.

Indeed, the documents we have reviewed show that the FBI took important investigative steps largely based on Mr. Steele's information - and relying heavily on his credibility. Specifically, on October 21, 2016, the FBI filed its first warrant application under FISA for Carter Page. [redacted] The bulk of the application consists of allegations against Page that were disclosed to the FBI by Mr. Steele and are also outlined in the Steele dossier. The application appears to contain no additional information corroborating the dossier allegations agast Mr. Page, although it does cite to a news article that appears to be sourced to Mr. Steele's dossier as well

“Mr. Steele’s apparent deception seems to have posed significant, material consequences on the FBI’s investigative decisions and representations to the court,” wrote Grassley and Graham.

Moreover, the less-redacted document reveals that the FBI misled the FISA court:

Or did they?

Political origins

The declassified Grassley Memo also clears up a dispute over the extent to which the FBI notified the FISA court that the Steele dossier was an opposition research document. 

The "Nunes memo" released last Friday from the House Intelligence Committee states that "Neither the initial application in October 2016, nor any of the renewals, disclose or reference the role of the DNC, Clinton campaign, or any party/campaign in funding Steele's efforts, even though the political origins of the Steele dossier were then known to senior and FBI officials." 

Ranking House Intel Committee Democrat Adam Schiff disputed that the FISA court wasn't notified of the dossier's political origins, calling it "inaccurate" and stating that the court was aware that there was a "likely political motivation" behind the Steele dossier. 

From the Grassley Memo:

"FBI noted to a vaguely limited extent the political origins of the dossier. In footnote 8 the FBI stated that the dossier information was compiled pursuant to the direction of a law firm who had hired an "identified U.S. person" -- now known as Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS."

The Grassley memo also notes that the FBI never told the FISC that Mr. Steele was "desperate" to see that Mr. Trump was not elected President - as told to the FBI by DOJ official Bruce Ohr, who was demoted for failing to disclose that he met with Fusion GPS and Steele. 

"In short, it appears the FBI relied on admittedly uncorroborated information, funded by and obtained for Secretary Clinton's presidential campaign, in order to conduct surveillance of an associate of the opposing presidential candidate. It did so based on Mr. Steele's personal credibility and presumably having faith in his process of obtaining the information."

To sum up; anti-Trump FBI agents used an unverified dossier from an anti-Trump opposition research firm, Fusion GPS, which commissioned an anti-Trump former British spy to assemble anti-Trump memos using high level Kremlin officials as sources. To top it off, Hillary Clinton and the DNC paid for it.

Previewing "Phase Two"

In an interview following the release of the House Intelligence Committee "Nunes Memo" last Friday detailing the FBI's FISA abuse, Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) said that the investigation leading up to the four-page FISA memo released on Friday was only "phase one," and that the House Intelligence Committee is currently in the middle of investigating the State Department over their involvement in surveillance abuses. 

"We are in the middle of what I call phase two of our investigation, which involves other departments, specifically the State Department and some of the involvement that they had in this," said Nunes.

The Grassley memo also points to a second anti-Trump dossier which Steele and the Obama State Department involved in, along with Clinton "hatchet man" Cody Shearer. 

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

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

Read the declassified criminal referral ("Grassley Memo") below:


south40_dreams Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:28 Permalink

Go look up the number of times George Soros visited the White House while obama was President. Many many  dozens.  Think how many times they must have met away from the WH during those eight years.  The corruption under obama was staggering......

**And now this, Soros' son is married to Adam Schiff's sister. All in the family.**


**fake news

jcaz south40_dreams Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:33 Permalink

The tangible evidence is now so overwhelming, it's almost impossible to know where to begin....  Incredible magnitude.

If this doesn't lead to indictment of Hillary and crew, then nothing will.  It's a rule of Constitutional law issue now.

Seriously.... At what point does DC start thinking "We can't hide this anymore"?  Is there NO concern about perhaps preventing this from happening again in the future? 

If I was involved in the fringe here, I'd distance myself from this mess by making a deal and turning State's evidence- SURELY, there must be a line of such forming somewhere........

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Give Me Some Truth divingengineer Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:51 Permalink

Our elected leaders just voted to extend and expand this FISA/Surveillance State world.

The press now argues against government transparency and has no interest in uncovering and reporting what is going on behind the curtains of power.

... So the odds of "real change" occurring are about the same as my local high school team winning next year's Super Bowl.

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HRClinton Blue Steel 309 Wed, 02/07/2018 - 09:56 Permalink

MSM == ZWO tool

ZWO = J Oligarchs (guys like Soros) are trashing entire nations, to plunder their assets and create their Global-Lust empire.

Their "religion" or "race*" is just a pretext and useful tool to get their way with dumb and cowardly goy sheeple, and to hoodwink their own (who are not in the Predator Class) into silence or complicity.

* They are not a "race". They are an inbred tribe, that almost went extinct 700 years ago, when they were reduced to ~ 350 breeders. No wonder they/Ashkis have a certain "look" and have so many health problems, that are generically inherited.

Got clarity?  What ya gonna do about it?

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Oldwood Give Me Some Truth Wed, 02/07/2018 - 09:21 Permalink

The media IS the deep state shadow government. Of course they are against transparency as opaqueness shields THEIR culpability PLUS threatens their power as the ultimate source and arbiter of truth. 

Republicans have understood their subordinate position for decades. They PROVED their power by taking out Nixon....the power of the press. This is the reason Republicans are politically so weak. Trump has been the first to actually confront the media successfully which has scared the shit out of complacent Republicans, especially those like McCain, who after surviving Vietnam prison will quickly defer to dominant power to preserve his own....for example his latest immigration "compromise".

The media owns all of this. They could expose the corruption in an instant, but WILL NOT, as that corruption is THEIRS and is the foundation of their power, from chappaquiddick to today at the very least. THEY DECIDE what is the truth. Look at them deflect the undeniable truths of this massive governmental CRIME.  There is no limit to their depravity to protect their power, no blatant denial too absurd. They, more than the Democrats or even the FBI own this disaster given the OBVIOUS fact that they CHOSE to turn a blind eye to it, to PARTICIPATE IN IT.  They are trapped by this and have no choice but to fight to the death for it.

Be not surprised by ANYTHING we see next.....ANYTHING.

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SybilDefense jcaz Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:43 Permalink

Can't understand why more whistle blowers are not naming Obama as the obvious reason these top officials broke laws to ensure a Hillary (dem) win.  Why else would so many throw careers away unless a) Clinton's paid them off or b) Obama told them to (or C all your f the above).  Time to call a spade a spade and investigate those eight years completely.

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Chupacabra-322 SybilDefense Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:45 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.




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?


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Give Me Some Truth SybilDefense Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:55 Permalink

The vital corruption occurs by those making sure certain "markets" are protected - and surge, while others are suppressed and contained. This protects the all-important fiat printing press(es) in the world.

This is why government only grows and the 1 percent and "cronies" always get to skim off the top of the newly-created fiat dollars.

NO ONE (who matters) is looking into this story.

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Oldwood attah-boy-Luther Wed, 02/07/2018 - 09:28 Permalink

There is nothing unique in humanity.

Scumbags abound. They pop up like toadstools in manure, enriching themselves in the decomposition while avoiding direct "sunlight". 

LBJ is loved by those who profited from his corruption (and there were/are many) while most of his victims remain completely unaware of who it was that quietly slipped a big one up their ass repeatedly.

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Give Me Some Truth jcaz Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:47 Permalink

The FBI/Deep State's (successful) effort to protect Hillary from charges in the email server matter is certainly a much bigger story than is their effort to get a search warrant against a middling Trump campaign official (although this is nothing to dismiss as insignificant).

As usual, most people aren't fishing where the bigger story is.  

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Winston Churchill jcaz Wed, 02/07/2018 - 08:50 Permalink

It leads directly to Idi Obama, they're trying desperately not to get Civil war 2.0 started at this point.

Its not going to work, 3rd time lucky for me on civil wars, but I'm no longer young or sprightly anymore.

Sucks but I'm getting range time in,so should you.Its going to be a long hot summer.

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Chupacabra-322 south40_dreams Wed, 02/07/2018 - 09:53 Permalink

@ south,


Let’s “Illuminate” some light onto Adam shall we?


Adam and Eve Schiff are a husband and wife.


Eve runs the 'Sunlight Foundation' for the Rockefeller Family Fund (one of only ten funds).


The wealth of the Rockefeller's is est. at about $3 Trillion US $$$ A!


That's no typo folks (if anything its a lowball figure), and its run by the Kaiser Family.


Her husband 'adam (of eve)' is like all Rockefeller tools on the intelligence cmte.


Note:  You'll always find these well connected stool pigeons on defense or the appropriations cmte.


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ZENDOG divingengineer Wed, 02/07/2018 - 09:48 Permalink

As I said, Prep yourself and your Family for the coming collapse. This country is in overshoot. The Shithole that is Washington is full of Traitors and Criminals......and that's just the Fed Gov.....

There will be no one going to Jail. Do you, or anyone else really think they will bring charges against the Magic Negro or any one of his Munchkins?

Dream on.

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