March 18, 2019
“I, obviously, presume that if it is on a CNN site that it has some kind of CNN status” — Chris Steele pic.twitter.com/eGlmfFHRgr
— Undercover Huber (@JohnWHuber) March 15, 2019
Turns out Master Spy Christopher Steele was every bit as careful, conscientious, and meticulous as we thought he was. From @JerryDunleavy: 'Christopher Steele admitted using posts by 'random individuals' on CNN website to back up Trump dossier.' https://t.co/jpA30IZ9ot
— Byron York (@ByronYork) March 16, 2019
Definitely sounds like the kind of intelligence gathering you want to rely on for your FBI investigation/FISA warrant application/media reporting/Congressional inquiry: https://t.co/7vDiVmEca7
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) March 17, 2019
This could have been subpoenaed on day one.
And everything would have been fine. It would have been shown to be a total hoax, America would have moved on in a couple of days.
Instead we got a two year thing that is still going to keep going even though this information is known.
Donald Trump has once again lashed out at his political opponents after the ex-spy responsible for the infamous ‘Steele dossier’ admitted that he used an unverified internet post as a source while compiling the dubious document.
Christopher Steele, the ex-British spy who fueled Russiagate hysteria with his DNC-commissioned opposition research on Donald Trump, admitted during a lawsuit deposition that he relied on unverified information contained in a report published by CNN iReport – a now-defunct “user-generated” news site. Stories featured on iReport were submitted by citizen journalists and were not edited, fact-checked, or screened before being published.
Steele acknowledged under questioning that he had used a July 28, 2009 report published on iReport to substantiate claims he made about internet hosting company Webzilla and its alleged Kremlin ties. However, the former British intel officer insisted that he thought iReport boasted the same thorough journalistic standards as CNN.
When asked if he understood that content on the site was not generated by CNN reporters, he said, “I do not.” He was then asked: “Do you understand that they have no connection to any CNN reporters?” Steele replied, “I do not.”
He was pressed further: “Do you understand that CNN iReports are or were nothing more than any random individuals’ assertions on the Internet?” Steele replied: “No, I, obviously, presume that if it is on a CNN site that it has some kind of CNN status. Albeit that it may be an independent person posting on the site.”
A random blog post.
Used by Comey and Rosenstein to get the FISA warrant.
Used by Comey to allege a conspiracy.
Used by Rosenstein to open the Mueller probe.
Trump could have fixed this by simply saying “call in Steele.”
He didn’t do that.
Now… well, we all know where we’re at now.