Fusion GPS Had Major Doubts About "Pee Tape" Dossier Source, Included Anyway

Last weekend's release of a FISA warrant application to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page was quite revealing - perhaps most of all because we learned that the FBI in relied heavily on the Steele dossier, contrary to claims that it played a minor role. 

What's even more troubling, as noted by Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller, is a report contained in a new book by two journalists involved in the ordeal, David Corn and Michael Isikoff, who state that Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson had serious doubts about one of the sources used in the Steele Dossier.

Simpson called dossier source Sergei Millian a "big talker" who overstated his connections to Trump, and had a "fifty-fifty" chance of being accurate. 

“Had Millian made something up or repeated rumors he had heard from others to impress Steele’s collector? Simpson had his doubts. He considered Millian a big talker,” Isikoff and Corn, who are good friends with Simpson. Isikoff notably wrote a Yahoo! News article containing claims directly from Christopher Steele - a relationship the FBI lied about in Carter Page's FISA application when they said Isikoff did not directly receive the information from the former MI6 spy, while Isikoff said he did in a February podcast.

Millian is both Source D and Source E in the dossier, according to The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. In the 35-page document, Source D alleged that the Russian government is blackmailing Donald Trump with video of a sexual tryst with prostitutes at a Moscow hotel room. Source E described an alleged “well-developed conspiracy of co-operation between them and the Russian leadership.”

“This was managed on the TRUMP side by the Republican candidate’s campaign manger, Paul MANAFORT, who was using foreign policy advisor, Carter PAGE, and others as intermediaries,” reads the dossier. -Daily Caller

Millian, meanwhile, operates a shadowy trade group called the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce. He denies being a dossier source, though he has refused to speculate as to whether he may have unwittingly provided claims that ended up in the report. 

Millian did have one known link to the Trump campaign. In late July 2016, he reached out to George Papadopoulos, the Trump adviser who has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the timing of his contacts with an alleged Russian agent.

Sources close to Papadopoulos have told The Daily Caller News Foundation that he met Millian for the first time several days after Millian reached out to the campaign aide on LinkedIn. Sources close to Papadopoulos have also said that Millian offered Papadopoulos $30,000 a month for a business deal that would require him to remain in the Trump orbit. Papadopoulos rejected the idea, according to TheDCNF’s sources.  -Daily Caller

Millian, a Belarusian American businessman, has denied being a Russian spy, though he does admit to having Kremlin contacts, and told the Daily Caller's Chuck Ross that he was one of the "very few people who have insider knowledge of Kremlin politics...who has been able to successfully integrate in American society." 

While the 412-page release of Page's FISA application and subsequent renewals were heavily redacted, GOP lawmakers who have seen less redacted copies say that the redacted portions don't provide any evidence that they verified the dossier whatsoever, while it remains unclear what efforts - if any, the FBI undertook to corroborate any of the claims. 

What's more, the FBI stated several dossier claims as fact within the FISA application. 

For example, the FBI says in the application that Page secretly met with Kremlin insiders Igor Sechin and Igor Diveykin during a July 2016 trip to Moscow - a claim directly out of the dossier, which Page has vehemently disputed. 

Another approach used to beef up the FISA application's curb appeal was circular evidence, via the inclusion of a letter from Democratic Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (NV) to former FBI Director James Comey, citing information Reid got from John Brennan, which was in turn from the Clinton-funded dossier

The FBI also went to extreme lengths to convince the FISA judge that Steele ("Source #1"), was reliable when they could not verify the unsubstantiated claims in his dossier - while also having to explain why they still trusted his information after having terminated Steele's contract over inappropriate disclosures he made to the media.

"Not withstanding Source1's reason for conducting the research into Candidate1's ties to Russia, based on Source1's previous reporting history with the FBI, whereby Source1 provided reliable information to the FBI, the FBI believes Source 1s reporting herein to be credible

Millian, meanwhile, is Sure that Trump likes Russia, "because he likes beautiful Russian ladies... He likes talking to them, of course. And he likes to be able to make lot of money with Russians, yes, correct.”

Trump also likes paying them to urinate on beds, according to Millian, allegedly. 

Comments

r0mulus HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Tue, 07/24/2018 - 22:27 Permalink

100% Agree! Fuck you, you fake-news manufacturing, primary-rigging, corporate-water-carrying, factual-proof-ignoring Democrats!

Your party made the whole bullshit dossier story up to try and hide its odious election season crimes and now you have wasted the better part of our last two years doing fuck-all but business as usual for the MIC DEEP STATE. You assholes ought to be ashamed of yourselves! It's utterly disgusting and sad how manipulated by propaganda you've allowed yourselves to become!

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MoreFreedom HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Wed, 07/25/2018 - 13:05 Permalink

Sick of this BS dossier. Fuck the deep state psyop. I didn't fall for it at the beginning and not falling for this crap, now.

All you need to know, is that it was secretly funded by Hillary, using a technique Obama taught her, namely to pay a lawyer to pay for it so that Hillary and DNC wouldn't be easily connected to it (requiring a search warrant from Congress to obtain the Fusion GPS financial records to see who paid, then obtaining a search warrant of a lawyer's financial records to find out who the original source was and which was fought bitterly by Democrats in Congress).   Then that of course was spread around and "leaked" along with the fact the FBI was investigating (which was also leaked) to make it a news story to keep Trump from getting elected.  It's simply dirty tricks of the highest order with the direction and OK from Obama and Clinton.  Which also conveniently provided Obama a reason to allow the government to spy on Trump at taxpayer expense.  The second biggest scandal in US history, the biggest one being them trying to frame Trump on obstruction of justice charges and remove him, because they didn't want the first scandal exposed.

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thebigunit Tue, 07/24/2018 - 22:13 Permalink

I want to operate a shadowy group.

Millian, meanwhile, operates a shadowy trade group called the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce.

Are there any community college classes?

thebriang Tue, 07/24/2018 - 22:14 Permalink

So exactly who were the journalists Fusion GPS paid to pump the Russian narrative in the very beginning?
Or is that still a state secret? I want goddamn names.

Edit: MoJo banned my old work account and deleted every disqus comment I ever made because I said it was David Corn. Well, that and lots of other shit I said but mainly that.
Because I think one of the journalists was that fucking weasel David Corn.

Let's see what happens here.

gwar5 Tue, 07/24/2018 - 22:22 Permalink

It was all a Hoax!

This was all a full blown CIA disruption/disinformation campaign to rig the US presidential election and discredit Trump and, more importantly, the entire conservative/nationalist movements in the USA and Europe. Extremely high priority!

This involved the CIA, FBI, DOJ, State Dept., NSA, British Intel, and the IRS (leaking Trumps Tax return). That kind of planning, coordination, and execution of executive branch agencies can only come from the very top.

LOCK 'EM UP!!

MuffDiver69 Tue, 07/24/2018 - 22:28 Permalink

The  number four at Justice Department Bruce Ohr, who’s wife worked for Fusion GPS, has told investigators that Steele said to him that he hated Trump and wanted him to lose. This is beyond pathetic. The real problem is the people defending this are just like Steele, they hate Trump too and apparently anything goes. It’s completely destroyed these institutions. 

currency Tue, 07/24/2018 - 22:33 Permalink

The DOJ and FBI leadership under Obama are Corrupt, LIARS and FOOLS and led by Obama and Clintonites. Then we have the current leadership of Rosenstein and Sessions - Sessions can't be found, appears off in another World, Rosenstein should be FIRED.

The FISA Judges should resign, if they actually looked at this they could see and ask the tuff questions they did not they should resign.

The investigation shuld Cease Muller should resign along with his band of Trumphaters.

RozKo Tue, 07/24/2018 - 22:54 Permalink

Maybe they should have brought out little Aleppo boy (with his sad, camo painted face) so everyone could just say awww and feel sad? Oh, CNN did, never mind... 

KuriousKat Wed, 07/25/2018 - 00:03 Permalink

Millian did have one known link to the Trump campaign. In late July 2016, he reached out to George Papadopoulos, the Trump adviser who has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the timing of his contacts with an alleged Russian agent.

Sources close to Papadopoulos have told The Daily Caller News Foundation that he met Millian for the first time several days after Millian reached out to the campaign aide on LinkedIn. Sources close to Papadopoulos have also said that Millian offered Papadopoulos $30,000 a month for a business deal that would require him to remain in the Trump orbit. Papadopoulos rejected the idea, according to TheDCNF’s sources.  -Daily Caller

  

That's  it..I'm expanding my linkedlin presence right now...Did you see the babe Popadocs hooked up with too??? That's where they met too...its a one stop super job and dating service platform ..you cannot go wrong!! ..You notice how the spammers come in here and keep THAT a secret? Probably the elites too..Truth be told..

Yancey Ward Wed, 07/25/2018 - 00:21 Permalink

It sounds like to me that Millian was yet another mole sent to Papadopoulos to try to entrap him.  It also sounds like Glenn Simpson is cutting Millian loose.

VideoEng_NC Wed, 07/25/2018 - 02:40 Permalink

Need the elders on this sight to speak up.  Fairly new but have been around the block in life, even delivered one of my own.  Dune, now's not the time to lay low.  Yes, high level of frustration currently but many reading can provide insight that we just can't find anywhere else.  I for one could use your (plural) help.

systemsplanet Wed, 07/25/2018 - 05:07 Permalink

Can someone please explain to me how payments from Fusion GPS to an FBI executive's wife are not flat out bribes?

Especially since Bruce failed to disclose the arrangement!

systemsplanet Wed, 07/25/2018 - 05:42 Permalink

What happened:

Killery bought the DNC and  killed Burnie Sanders election chances

In retaliation, DNC employee Seth Rich leaked DNC emails to WikiLeaks, KimDotCom, and John Mark Dougan.

In retaliation, WikiLeaks notified Brennan.

In retaliation, Seth Rich is killed and CrowdStrike gets a Payday.

Realizing the emails were already leaked, DNC (Imran Awan?) fakes a gucufier 2.0 upload.

DNC pays Fusion GPS for dossier. FBI Bruce's wife works on dossier, delivers it to Bruce to gives it to Comey.

Lots of Struzk and Page texts. 

Oboma and Killery coordinate the Trump takedown with Yates, Brennan, Clapper, Comey, Struzk, Page, and Susan Rice.

Brennan ask Comey to tell Trump about dossier.

Comey asks MSM to publish a story about Comey sharing the dossier with Trump.

Rosenstein facilitates the Comey firing by providing Trump with a firing recommendation memo.

Rosenstein appoints Mueller to investigate Trump firing Comey.

Mueller creats a control file on Trump and hires a team of never-Trumpers to fill it with dirt.

this is exhausting

hopefully someone loads these criminals up into a cargo plane and drops them in some shark infested waters soon.

 

Did I forget Uranium One? crap.

 

Slaytheist Wed, 07/25/2018 - 23:05 Permalink

Sounds like a nothingburger.  Another contrived hit job.  It's that DT is that smart to have escaped all this unscathed.  It's that it's all contrived, circumstantial, or based on some moral outrage.  In terms of DC, that's like virgin level clean.