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Durham probe: FBI offered Christopher Steele $1 million to corroborate Trump allegations in dossier


October 11, 2022 5:56pm EDT

Durham probe: FBI offered Christopher Steele $1 million to corroborate Trump allegations in dossier
Steele could not corroborate allegations in the dossier, which was paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC through law firm Perkins Coie

By Jake Gibson , Brooke Singman , David Spunt | Fox News

The FBI offered ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele $1 million to corroborate salacious allegations made in his dossier against Donald Trump and members of his 2016 campaign, but he was unable to do so, an FBI official testified Tuesday.

FBI supervisory counterintelligence analyst Brian Auten was the first witness in the trial of Igor Danchenko, the Russian national who served as the primary sub-source for Steele's anti-Trump dossier and has been charged with five counts of making false statements to the bureau.

Auten testified that he and a group of FBI agents went overseas in early October of 2021 to speak with Steele about the dossier. During questioning by Special Counsel John Durham Tuesday, Auten said that during those meetings, the FBI offered Steele $1 million dollars if he could corroborate allegations in the dossier. Auten testified that Steele could not do so.

Auten also said that the FBI had no corroboration of allegations in the dossier, but, nevertheless took that information and inserted it into the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

"On October 21, 2016 (the date of the Carter Page FISA application) did you have any information to corroborate that information?" Durham asked.

"No," Auten said, confirming that the FBI began receiving Steeleā€™s reports, later known as the dossier, on Sept. 19, 2016, and submitted its first FISA application on Page on Oct. 21, 2016.


So the FBI could not buy a lie so they made their own.....  22222frying pan


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