The FBI’s former Chief of Counterintelligence hid negative information that he learned about Christopher Steele as part of an agreement he made with British officials.
Bill Priestap travelled to the United Kingdom in November and December of 2016, as the Daily Caller reports. Alongside him was none other than Peter Strzok. They labeled the trip as a fact finding mission to find out more about Christopher Steele.
Get this – they attempted to verify the anti-Trump dossier after they had already used it in the Carter Page FISA warrant application, and we now know those warrants were ‘not valid‘.
“DOJ assesses that with respect to the applications in Docket Numbers 17-375 and 17-679, ‘if not earlier, there was insufficient predication to establish probable cause to believe that [Carter] Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power,’”
The two collected information bout Steele’s reliability and credibility. They received both positive and negative information on Steele’s validity check.
However, they conveniently left out the negative information in their file about Steele. The IG wanted to know why. Here was Priestap's response.
He said that he “may have made a commitment” to Steele’s former employer, “not to document the former employer’s views on Steele as a condition for obtaining the information” on the retired spy.
The IG report cast a dark shadow over the Steele dossier.
Released on Dec. 9, 2019, the report said Steele’s primary source for the dossier disputed many of the characterizations in the salacious document.
This is but one droplet of declassified information in an ocean of sketchy activity by the Obama administration's FBI. It's starting to look more and more like a very sophisticated counterintelligence operation against candidate Trump and then President Trump, based on a lot of unverified and salacious information.