At the time James B. Comey was fired as FBI director, his company was still trying to prove claims made in the infamous, largely-discredited anti-Trump dossier, Comey admitted.
In statement to your home Judiciary Committee on Friday, Comey explained an effort “to attempt to replicate, either rule in or dismiss, as much of that collection of reports that’s frequently now called the Steele file as possible, and that work was ongoing when I was fired.” Trump dismissed Comey from the FBI on May 9, 2017.
A transcript of Comey’s testimony was launched on Saturday. Throughout one exchange with legislators, Comey said that FBI efforts to penetrate the dossier offered to the firm by previous British spy Christopher Steele began “at some point in ’16” practically right away after Steele provided the charges.
The timing is instructional. In previous testimony, Comey confessed that he pushed back against a January 2017 request from President Donald Trump to potentially investigate the origins of the claims made inside the Steele dossier.
Comey’s newest testimony shows that even while he was warning Trump against buying a probe of the file claims, Comey’s own FBI was silently conducting an ongoing investigation into the wild material of that really dossier.
During prepared remarks for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, provided on June 8, 2017, Comey associated how he pushed back versus a recommendation from Trump to investigate the file claims.
The former FBI chief specified that following a January 6 Oval Workplace meeting with Intelligence Neighborhood leaders, Comey “remained alone with the President Elect to inform him on some personally delicate aspects of the information put together throughout the evaluation.”‘
It is clear Comey was referring to the dossier considering that he writes the “salacious and unproven” material was about to be openly reported by the news media. 4 days after that briefing, the file was released by BuzzFeed.
In his statement summarizing his conversation with Trump, Comey refers to Russian prostitutes, a key element of the file:
He stated he had absolutely nothing to do with Russia, had not been included with hookers in Russia, and had actually always presumed he was being recorded when in Russia.
In a private White Home supper with Trump on January 27, Comey says the topic of the “salacious material” again turned up and he reveals that Trump was considering asking the FBI to investigate the origins of the claims. Comey pushed back versus that idea.
Throughout the dinner, the President returned to the salacious product I had actually briefed him about on January 6, and, as he had done previously, revealed his disgust for the accusations and highly rejected them. He said he was thinking about purchasing me to investigate the supposed incident to prove it didn’t take place. I replied that he must consider that mindful idea because it might create a narrative that we were investigating him personally, which we weren’t, and due to the fact that it was really difficult to show a negative. He said he would think of it and asked me to consider it.
The Steele dossier was supposedly moneyed by Hillary Clinton’s 2016 governmental campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) via the Perkins Coie law firm.
A House Intelligence Committee memo released last February documented that as FBI director, Comey signed 3 FISA applications to spy on former Trump adviser Carter Page with the file acting as part of the basis for the warrant requests.
Comey signed the applications without informing the FISA court that the dossier was funded by Trump’s main political challengers, the memo related.
” Neither the preliminary application in October 2016, nor any of the renewals, disclose or reference the function of the DNC, Clinton campaign, or any party/campaign in funding Steele’s efforts, although the political origins of the Steele dossier were then understood to senior and FBI authorities,” the memo states.
The GOP memo also relates that after Steele was terminated months previously as an FBI source a “source validation report carried out by an independent system within FBI evaluated Steele’s reporting as only minimally proven.” Still, Comey saw fit, according to the Republican and Democrat memos, to utilize the dossier in the FISA documents. He likewise briefed Trump and then-President Barack Obama on the file contents.
Aaron Klein is Breitbart’s Jerusalem bureau chief and senior investigative press reporter. He is a New York Times bestselling author and hosts the popular weekend talk radio program, “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio.” Follow him on Twitter @AaronKleinShow. Follow him on Facebook.
Joshua Klein contributed research to this short article.