Former FBI Director James Comey is back on the hot seat.
In the wake of the explosive Nunes memo, critics are re-examining his conduct in the Russia investigation.
And they have one question that’s causing Comey big problems.
The fake news Steele dossier entered the news after Comey briefed Trump on its existence last January.
CNN then reported on the briefing, but did not post the dossier on their website because they claimed it could not be verified.
Shortly thereafter, BuzzFeed published it and the collusion story took off like a rocket ship.
Aaron Klein wrote on Breitbart that Comey briefed Trump on the dossier despite the fact that the Bureau knew it could only be minimally corroborated:
“The memo relates that in early January 2017, prior to Trump’s inauguration, Comey briefed then President-Elect Trump and Obama on the dossier even though months later Comey would label the dossier as containing “salacious and unverified” material.
Critically, the memo relates that, after dossier author Christopher Steele was terminated months earlier as an FBI source, a “source validation report conducted by an independent unit within FBI assessed Steele’s reporting as only minimally corroborated.” Still, Comey saw fit to brief Trump and Obama on the dossier contents.
Comey’s dossier briefing to Trump was subsequently leaked to the news media, setting in motion a flurry of news media attention on the dossier, including the release of the document to the public. The briefing also may have provided the veneer of respectability to a document circulated within the news media but widely considered too unverified to publicize.
On January 10, CNN was first to report the leaked information that the controversial contents of the dossier were presented during classified briefings inside classified documents presented one week earlier to Obama and Trump.
The news network cited “multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings” – in other words, officials leaking information about classified briefings – revealing the dossier contents were included in a two-page synopsis that served as an addendum to a larger report on Russia’s alleged attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
The documents were given to the politicians during the briefings delivered by Comey, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan, and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers, the officials told CNN.”
Critics point out that Comey knew the dossier was the work-product of a foreign spy who was paid by the Clinton campaign and who colluded with the Russians to gather his information.
They raise serious questions about Comey’s truthfulness in his briefing with Trump.
Did Comey inform Trump about the true nature of the dossier’s origins?
And it raises another question: Did Comey only brief Trump on the dossier’s existence so he could then leak it to the media and get the ball rolling on having the dossier made public?
It smells like a set-up.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this story.