FBI Director James Comey and then-U.S. President Barack Obama relied on the hugely discredited ‘BuzzFeed dossier’ to secure a FISA warrant against then-candidate Donald Trump’s team, reports CNN.
According to the outlet, U.S. officials briefed on the FBI’s Russia-Trump probe say Comey cited the dossier “in some of his briefings to members of Congress in recent weeks, as one of the sources of information the bureau has used to bolster its investigation.”
As CNN goes on to state, “the dossier is a collection of memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative working for political opponents of Trump.”
This is reportedly the same dossier BuzzFeed published earlier this year — the one suggesting Russians had been supporting Donald Trump for years and had information concerning explicit pee-pee-centric encounters between Trump and prostitutes.
Ex-BuzzFeed reporter Rosie Gray ultimately published a piece in The Atlantic calling the dossier’s veracity into question.
The piece includes a comment from Trump aide Michael Cohen providing an alibi in response to allegations that he was “the ongoing secret liaison relationship between [Trump’s] campaign and the Russian leadership.”
“I’ve not been to Prague, I’ve never been to Czech, I’ve not been to Russia,” he said. “The story is completely inaccurate, it is fake news meant to malign Mr.Trump.”
During the time frame the dossier places Cohen in Russia, he claims he was actually in a meeting with his son and a USC baseball coach. The coach confirmed this.
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) January 11, 2017
BuzzFeed, of course, published the dossier even when other mainstream media outlets like the Washington Post and The New York Times refused to do so, citing its unverified nature.
The warrant, claims ZeroHedge, “paved the way for Comey and the Obama administration to secretly monitor the Trump campaign.”
ZeroHedge reports that Carter Page has responded to this latest revelation by stating, “I look forward to the Privacy Act of 1974 lawsuit that I plan to file in response to the civil rights violations by Obama administration appointees last year.”
“The discovery process will be of great value to the United States, as our nation hears testimony from them under oath and we receive disclosure of the documents which show what exactly was done in 2016.”